After forty years of the
militaristic regime’s occupation
the foreign soldiers banished
the invaders back to their
island home on 15 August 1945
releasing Korea from slavery.

This slave population had been
used in the enslavement of the
densely populated eastern
coast of the continent
across the sea.

Over seven decades
three racially akin
countries toiled to
recover from years
of occupying and

Young Koreans commemorate
that August day then go on
package holiday tours
to the island home of their
previous warring invader.

Each Wednesday lunchtime
former girl sex slaves now
in the winter of their lives
circle in front of a lone
Seoul embassy reminding
their erstwhile conquerors
of their brutal enforcement
into premature tortured

Previously posted October 2016.


8 thoughts on “Independence

  1. The lives of the girls must have been terrible. Thank you for sharing. Please excuse me for asking, but why don’t you write now? All your posts have been posted earlier. They are all so well written and many make us think. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you. I have had a great deal going on in my life and have not found much time to write at all. I did consider stopping the blog, but decided to try posting earlier writing and see if other bloggers would accept this. they seem to have accepted this so far. Unfortunately I will probably not be able to write much for some months yet.

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  2. I love the statues of young girls sitting quietly with their fists clenched that have been out up outside Japanesse embassies/consulates in South Korea. A silent protest that will outlive the poor women…..

    I’m enjoying re-reading your older poetry — I do hope that things settle and you start writing again though!


    1. …and girls too, from the age of ten onwards mostly, as far as I can discover. The Japanese soldiers liked them young.
      Thank you I am glad you re OK with the older poetry. Unfortunately it is likely to be a few months yet before I can start writing. Someone else asked the same question. I did consider ending the blog altogether, but I did not want to lose the contacts with this blog. Thanks for hanging in there.


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