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황사를 예언한 놀라운 시

황사를 예언한 놀라운 시

4월의 첫날은 잔인했다. 숨을 쉬기조차 힘들 정도로 대기는 누런 먼지로 가득했다. 고비사막으로부터 불어온 모래 바람이 한반도를 뒤덮었다. 살아있는 것들은 웅크릴 수 밖에 없었다. 누가 4월을 잔인한 달이라고 했던가?

T. S. Elliot. 그는 1922년에 쓴 황무지에서 다음과 같은 구절을 남긴다.

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

[T. S. Elliot, The Waste Land]

첫 행만을 따로 떼어 놓고 보면, “4월은 가장 잔인한 달, 숨쉬기에” 라고 해석될 수도 있지 않은가. 정녕 85년전에 Elliot은 중국과 한국에 있을 4월의 황사를 정확히 예언했단 말인가. 물론, 아니다. 하지만, 오늘은 그의 황무지 첫 구절이 무색하지 않을 정도로 잔인한 날이었다.

인간은 자연을 정복할 수 없다. 자연이 허락하지 않으면 인간은 살아남을 수 없는 것이다. 자연 앞에 겸손하지 않는 인간들은 결국 자연의 심판을 받을 것이다. 이것이 진리다.

맑은 공기로 숨을 쉴 수 있다는 것이 얼마나 행복한가를 느끼게 해 준 4월의 첫날이었다.

인디언의 감사 기도

인디언의 감사 기도

We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.

We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water.

We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the care of our diseases.

We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters, the beans and squashes, which give us life.

We return thanks to the wind, which, moving the air has banished diseases.

We return thanks to the moon and stars, which have given us their light when the sun was gone.

We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a Beneficent eye.

Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom is embodied all Goodness, and who directs all things for the good of his children.

<Iroquois Prayer, adapted Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace>

인디언은 사라졌지만, 그들의 정신은 바람과 함께 다시 이 땅에 찾아올 것이다.

씨애틀 추장의 편지

씨애틀 추장의 편지

미국 원주민 얘기가 나오니 자연히 씨애틀 추장의 편지가 떠오른다. 미국 정부가 인디언들에게 그들의 땅을 팔라고 강요했을 때 수쿠아미쉬 인디언 추장 씨애틀은 미국 대통령에게 편지를 보낸다. 이 편지는 미국 원주민들이 얼마나 자연을 사랑하고 신을 섬기며 정신적으로 훌륭한 삶을 살았는지 보여주는 좋은 증거다.

150여년이 지난 지금의 우리들도 그들의 경지를 따라갈 수 없을 정도이다. 좀 길지만 편지 전문을 여기에 싣는다. 이 편지를 읽으면서 우리의 물질에 찌든 삶을 반성해본다.

The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?

Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people.

We know the sap which courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the dew in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man all belong to the same family.

The shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not just water, but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you our land, you must remember that it is sacred. Each glossy reflection in the clear waters of the lakes tells of events and memories in the life of my people. The water’s murmur is the voice of my father’s father.

The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our children. So you must give the rivers the kindness that you would give any brother.

If we sell you our land, remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all the life that it supports. The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also received his last sigh. The wind also gives our children the spirit of life. So if we sell our land, you must keep it apart and sacred, as a place where man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers.

Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.

This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

One thing we know: our God is also your God. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.

Your destiny is a mystery to us. What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered? The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted with talking wires? Where will the thicket be? Gone! Where will the eagle be? Gone! And what is to say goodbye to the swift pony and then hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival.

When the last red man has vanished with this wilderness, and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, will these shores and forests still be here? Will there be any of the spirit of my people left?

We love this earth as a newborn loves its mother’s heartbeat. So, if we sell you our land, love it as we have loved it. Care for it, as we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you receive it. Preserve the land for all children, and love it, as God loves us.

As we are part of the land, you too are part of the land. This earth is precious to us. It is also precious to you.

One thing we know – there is only one God. No man, be he Red man or White man, can be apart. We ARE all brothers after all.

<Chief Seattle, Chief of the Suquamish Indians>