⟦해외시단⟧ (미국)


길 위에서 외 1편


                                              배 미 순

수화기 저 편에서
아들의 목소리 들린다
엄마, 어디 아파?
목소리가 이상한데, 약 필요해?
 
다 큰 아들의 기척 때문에
순식간에 나는 이미 든든하다
딸이 없으면
말년이 사무치게 외롭다던데
내 온 몸의 나뭇가지 위에
비가 온다, 봄비가 내린다
 
내가 울었던가, 당신이 울었던가
당신 가고 나니
짧은 한 평생 방금처럼 끝났는데
바삭거리던 생도 축복이었다
 
불가지의  늪 길
도저히 알 수 없는 그 늪
어디선가  돌아가는 길이 보이고
출발선이 드러나는 그 능선 위로
비가 온다, 봄비가 내린다
 


ON THE ROAD

Mee Soon Bae

At the other end of the phone line
I hear my son's voice,
"Mom, are you sick?
Your voice sounds weird. You need meds?"

Because of my grown son's caring
I immediately feel secure
They say without a daughter
the later years are lonely
but on top of the branches of my body
falls rain, spring rain

Was it you or I who cried?
After you left
our short life ended like a moment
but even trivialities were a blessing

Mysterious marsh road,
that unknowable marsh--
I see a road winding somewhere
and above the ridge line which shows the start line
falls rain, spring rain

Translated from the Korean by Eunhwa Choe


결코 나일 수 없는


"피정이 거의 끝날 무렵
미사 강론 때 신부님이 물으셨어요
여러분은 믿고 모든 걸 말할 수 있는
순도 99.9%의 사람이
몇이나 있으신지요?
그때 선생님이 떠올랐죠
감사합니다
제 곁에 오래오래 있어 주세요"
 
수년 전 팔월 어느 날
마리아에게서 받은
잊을 수 없는 이 한 장의 카드
머리맡에 두고두고 잔다 해도
결코 나일 수 없는,
얼떨결에 받아 안은 꽃의 웃음으로도
결코 녹아들 수 없는
이 명징한 부유감……



배미순 시인
경북대구 출생/1970년 중앙일보(한국) 신춘문예 시부문 당선 등단. 미국 시 도서관 편집자상. ‘해외문학’ 시부문 대상, 미주문학 대상, 시카고 채규선 예술상 등 수상. 시집: 「우리가 날아가나이다」, 「풀씨와 공기돌」, 「보이지 않는 것도 하늘이다」, 수필집: 공저 「금밖의 세상 만들기」 등과 「이병주를 읽는다」등이 있음. 현재 ‘영모사’ 대표이며 ‘시카고 타임스’ 편집장으로 활동하고 있다.


IT COULD NEVER BE ME

Mee Soon Bae

"When the retreat was almost over
the priest asked during mass,
'How many people do you know
who's 99.9% pure, whom you trust,
and to whom you can tell everything?'
At that moment, you came to mind
Thank you
Please stay near me for a long, long time."

The unforgettable card
I received from Maria
one August day many years ago
Even if I slept with it by my pillow
it could never be me
This clear feeling of richness
that could never melt into me
even with smiles from flowers unexpectedly received…

Translated from the Korean by Eunhwa Choe