My feelings on the media that either says that the DPRK is a dangerous threat, or that the DPRK is not a big deal and it’s a situation most South Koreans are numb to

There has been a lot of media hype about the tensions on the Korean Peninsula. While much of the media has covered the fear we should be feeling, some writers have been taking the “bold” stance of speaking about a perceived lack of concern that South Koreans have of an attack from the North. In most cases it is explained that the ever-persistent presence of threats, pressures, and remembered and experienced violence has numbed the South Korean people to the situation. But I don’t think that the only human response to dehumanizing situations is numbness. There is a life that happens as well. A way in which a moment of pain becomes transcendence and helps us understand our humanity and how we are connected to the universe.

 

 

Poem

 

One does not worry

when life has been spent listening to men who speak only missile,

a life of flame and moments of wreath

One prays for the green

that hands coax from dirt

until skin resembles earth

not plastic

Economists call it a miracle

when cities hide their roots in polymer sheets and give

away children

these: the same lessons a border teaches

“I’m sorry” the first words I hear

from the taxi driver

the women who sells me my garlic

when Corea is carved from me by my tongue’s sharp consonants

Maybe fast food and internet in the sky will home this place

maybe simulated bombing runs and brinkmanship will home this place

Or maybe

it was never the plastic that was calling me back,

but something between breath and bloodletting

speaking return

whispering

like the dirt of this city for my hands

 

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3 Responses to My feelings on the media that either says that the DPRK is a dangerous threat, or that the DPRK is not a big deal and it’s a situation most South Koreans are numb to

  1. June says:

    Strong poem — loved “the lessons a border teaches.”

  2. soblesse says:

    Thanks for reading June!

  3. This poems lets me learn more about you. Thank you!

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