옛날엔 / Once Upon a Time...

Korean

보리가 노릇노릇 익을 무렵이면 숭어가 제일 맛있었다고 한다. 마당 쓸다 말고 아이들은 빗자루 들고 갯가로 나가 제 몸통만한 입이 크다란 숭어들을 한 아름씩 안고 낑낑대며 집으로들 돌아왔다고 하는데 아, 진달래 필 적의 숭어들은 온몸이 붉게 물들어 민물을 향해 말간 눈들을 뜨고 하염없이 거슬러오르는 것이 또한 장관이었노라며…

English

I have heard that flathead mullet used to be at its tastiest just as the barley was ripening yellow. It seems that in the midst of sweeping the yard, the kids used to take the broom down to the shore of the estuary, then come staggering back home each clutching an armful of mullet the size of their bodies with huge mouths, and ah, I have heard that when azaleas were blooming the mullets’ bodies would glow bright red and they would turn toward fresh water, their bright eyes open wide, and head blindly upstream, it used to be a wonderful sight…

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