Without its little spring,
what would make Yongtun Village a village?
Endlessly, snowflakes fall
into the spring’s dark waters
What still still stillness,
as Yang-sul’s wife,
covered in snow, goes out to draw water,
puts down her tiny little water jar
and picks up the gourd dipper but forgets to draw water,
watching snowflakes die:
that still still stillness.
(Taken from Wordwithoutborders)
A simple vignette from the life of a Korian villager,Yang-sul’s wife .The act of her drawing water in the morning from the spring covered by snow-flakes is exquisitely described in unpretentious poetry. The description is almost a painterly one .”..picks up the gourd dipper but forgets to draw water/watching slow-flakes die :” is delicious. “That still still stillness” is a beautiful description of still life.