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Posted in Poetry (English), Quotes - English with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2017 by Kanya Puspokusumo


The first snow
is falling in Borimsa,
a quiet temple
at the foot of Gaji Mountain,
as we stand near the two stone pagodas
that silently standing side by side.
“Oh, the first snow!
And I’m here with you…,” you said.
I smile.
Because I remember all you’ve said about the Korean saying…
The first snow
is falling in Borimsa,
as the true love starts blooming
in two hearts.
Inside the temple,
the Buddha’s statue
is waiting for two hearts
to pray in quiet words,
and send the love song
through the gentle wind
to the eternity.
-Kanya Puspokusumo-
1. Borimsa, one of the oldest Korean temples on Gaji mountain in Jangheung-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea (about 300 km from Seoul). The temple holds great significance as the first Zen buddhist temple during unified silla, built in the 9th century.
2. In Korea, there is a saying that if you are out in the first falling snow of the year with someone you like, then true love will blossom between you.

Picture by Kanya Puspokusumo

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