Militarist conquerors
subjugated Korea’s peninsula
enslaving its people for
service on eastern coasts
they invaded across the
narrow sea. Some were
herded on to their conqueror’s
ships surging southwards
invading other island nations.

Enemies captured some of
the conqueror’s ships, imprisoned
their sailors in far away
southern lands. Would be
escaper uniformed sailors
remained locked up. But
thin gaunt slaves in coolie
rags now had adequate food,
shelter, clothing. Work parties
with a single guard daily
laboured on farms short
of wartime manpower.

At war’s end they were
to a liberated homeland
wrecked by forty years’
militarist occupation.

Previously posted November 2016.


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