Posted by: Ron DuBour | June 19, 2014

Tinderbox


Poesy plus Polemics

Map of Korea Illustration from news.bbc.co.uk Map of Korea
Illustration from news.bbc.co.uk

I remember the DMZ
cinching the ideological
waist of an ancient
peninsular orient

a bifurcate culture
scarred deeply by
war with itself
blood on blood

born of armistice
four clicks of memory
crossed by patrols
of imported mistrust

this precarious swath
holds its breath
against fear of
exhaling new fire

and the new fire
pent up so long
has developed
a nuclear heat

I remember it
through my binoculars
watching the other side
watching me back

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