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Mayor's Hope Journal

  • When I Have Met So Many People
    [Mayor Park Won Soon’s Hope Journal 195]

  • Mayor's Hope Journal SMG 1361


    There is one I desire to see on the night
    When I have met so many people.

    There is one I desire to see
    Only when I am pushed away to the edge of time
    Embracing loneliness which shreds my heart
    Between countless shoulders
    And flashes in the eyes.

    You I am destined to see and love
    After I passed by all those countless people
    And loved them dearly.
    What is this long waiting?

    You I am destined to love
    After I parted from all I loved
    After all the loves have ended
    Holding thirst like wind blowing.
    What can I do with the longing aching my heart?

    The poem above, “Lake,” was written by Poet Mun Byeong-ran, who now lives in Gwangju. Today, I received a letter from him. The letter said, “I know you are very busy as Mayor of Seoul. A good poem will give you courage and consolation when you have difficulty. It is said to contain suggestive expressions subject to readers’ interpretation. May you serve as a beacon of hope and love for many people.” I met Mr. Mun while I was serving as prosecutor in Daegu in 1982. I love his poetry and literature. It feels very good to hear news from one whom I am very fond of. I will strive to play the role he described in his letter.