Close To You ........ A Korean Love Poem

I came across this Korean love poem yesterday in the asianload forum. It is so beautiful. I decided to keep it in my collection. I have done some editing from the original translation. Enjoy...

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Close To You – A Korean Love Poem



Although I wanted to come closer,

I couldn’t possibly go closer
because the more I come closer,
I felt that the more you will drift away from me

If I come closer..
If I really do,
I feel that you will leave me forever
that’s why I couldn’t come closer



If you’d leave me,

I‘d be left with those pain and loneliness...
I didn’t think I would be able to handle it
So although I wanted to come closer,
I didn’t dare to come closer



I long to have one moment close to you

but you would leave me forever.
So I kept the distance between us,
as I wanted to be at a place where I will always be able to see you.


In my eyes...
The saying that you're the only one I see...
That, I believe, is a lie...
In my eyes, I see many people...
But, amidst this group of people,
I only search for you.



There's no such thing as the perfect guy.
And there's no such thing as the perfect girl.
But only a less than perfect guy
And a less than perfect girl can make
a perfect love.

If you would like to have this poem in original Korean Language or alphabet, click here.

Close to You in Korean Language

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Poetry in Korea

Traditional Korean poems were often sung in Korean performances. Today, Korean poetry is performed and written in phonetic Korean language, hangul, where the Korean alphabets are used. However, before the 20th century, much of Korean poetry was written in Hanja or Chinese characters. Hangul has not been introduced then; hence Chinese characters were borrowed from Chinese and incorporated into the Korean language with Korean pronunciation.

Since 1970s, lyrical poetry dominated Korean literature. Poetry has become increasingly popular in 21st century in Korea, as can be seen from the number of works published.

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How do you love?

You fall in to it!!

It is a continuous and ever-lasting feeling,
even if you don’t express it at all times.

~Master Jin Kwon

Relationships flourish,
when individuality, freedom and growth are respected.

Relationships are like sparring;
within the appropriate space,
action and reaction naturally flow.

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ashiko_aira kolyn 4 years ago

I like korean word talaga.....

kasi parang ibas pag nag sasabi ka nang korean...


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Freya Cesare 4 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Ingenira, you created such beautiful Hub. the poem and the pictures are perfect.

Korean poem? Hmmm... it reminded me of one Korean poem I like which being used by Korean Movie, "winter Sonata". I forget the title, but it is about first love which never go away even after the new want already come.

Beautiful.


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Ingenira 4 years ago Author

Thank you so much for your precious comment, fornalina. Knowing the Korean language, you really have the priviledge to appreciate the poem in its original language with its beauty best conveyed.


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fornalina 4 years ago from Poznan, Poland

I read the poem both in English and Korean and it seemed to sound better in Korean. There's this certain rhythm and in Korean it also sounds more intimate.


Mz.PuCkInG pRiNcExZ 4 years ago

w0w!!! i l0ve th0se p0em !!!


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Ingenira 4 years ago Author

thank you, i seul.


i seul 4 years ago

i real;y like this poem its really great that i found this kind of Korean poem


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

thank you, moneycop.


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moneycop 5 years ago from JABALPUR

LOVELY........


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

thank you, arunaganesh !


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arunaganesh 5 years ago

reading this gives pleasure! thanks!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thank you, acaetnna. :)


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Totally beautiful and I completely love the last verse. Voting up, awesome and beautiful.


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thanks for reading, tnvrstar.


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thank you so much, Katie. ;)


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

What a beautiful poem and the collection of artful photos you've included are wonderful. :) Katie


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thank you, twentyfive. It reminded me of the same.


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twentyfive 5 years ago

This reminds me of the Korean movies and shows I love to watch..melodramatic and so romantic. Thanks for sharing :) The poem is so beautiful.


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tnvrstar 5 years ago from doha, qatar

Lovely poem


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Glad to see you here, Mtwapafan. Thanks !


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Mtwapafan 5 years ago from Mtwapa, Coast Province, Kenya

It is so beautiful, thanks a lot!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Ritchie.


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thank you, Betty.


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richtwf 5 years ago

Enjoyed this lovely poem and thanks for sharing.


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Betty Johansen 5 years ago

I guess love is pretty much the same everywhere in the world. It sounds like there's some experiential wisdom here. Thanks for showing us love in Korea, Ingenira.


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

thanks so much, erthfrend.


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erthfrend 5 years ago from Florida

aww this was really sweet and beautiful and the doll pictures are adorable!


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Tony. ;)


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

I certainly did enjoy it! Thanks so much for sharing this poem.

Love and peace

Tony


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thank you, Unleashed Victory for dropping by and left a comment. :)


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Ingenira 5 years ago Author

Thanks, carrie. Glad you like it.


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Unleashed Victory 5 years ago

This was a nice read. Thank you!


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

This is a beautiful and heartfelt poem Ingenira.

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