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A symphony of spring

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By Park Moo-jong

Spring has sprung into full swing with the temperatures rising day by day to a more bearable degree, freeing the people of the last few months of cold surroundings.

The naked street trees are wearing new clothes with the leaves budding into lush, green and picturesque plants in this spring season full of transformations.

In defiance of the ongoing climate change on this planet that is shortening this fresh season for an early summer of hot days, people still greet the change of nature in lighter clothes, going out to enjoy the blooming flowers here, there and everywhere.

Nonetheless, spring may be cruel as American-British poet T.S. Elliot (1888-1965) described in "The Burial of the Dead" in "The Waste Land." The 1948 Nobel Literature Prize winner stated: "April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain."

As far as air is concerned, April is cruel. The annual attack of thick yellow haze from China's raging sandstorms will cruelly ravage the peninsula, setting aside the hitherto chocking fine dust, for which China is also largely responsible.

The yellow sand blowing from the continent will force people again to........

© The Korea Times