Sewol Tragedy Soliloquy

Bamboo has the elegance of Chinese symbols,
tells of winters, keeping your chin up when
cold delves in bone. The 3 year anniversary of the Sewol
tragedy is in a few days— try telling those parents
to keep their chins up; they’d pull the plug on the ocean,
cause mass extinction to marine life, just to cradle
the wet-through corpse of their child, apple
of their eye, turned coral, caked in the dank
viscera of sea & memory. It’s all over the news
: men are working night & day to raise
the ferry, 3 years late— looks like the sea’s being
dredged through a colander— we’ll say,
when the yellow water’s run off, a memory
the ocean’s had time to rub salt in, haunts us.

(Image by Argus Paul, a pal of mine, you can see his series on here.)

Posted by:danielpaulmarshall

After living in Korea for shy a decade, I find myself back in England, penalized for my turned back, awaiting a move to Exeter, where I will study an MA in English, with focus on environmental studies. These days I am reading inveterately, owing to my no longer living without the means to buy books & books & books. My reading interest lie in contemporary philosophy, ecology, ecological philosophy, object orientated ontology & speculative realism. These ideas are leaching into my poetry & essays.

9 thoughts on “Sewol Tragedy Soliloquy

      1. i find it difficult to write these sorts of poems, it is a new endeavour to me & there is so much to consider. The sentiment must register but not be over wrought; it is very easy to use tropes that are weak & out worn. Finding new relations to string the motif together is a toughy, because your thinking is it too abstract or not enough, does it connect, have i created variety within the motif rather than an obvious, dull repetition; is there action, does it move the imagery & emotion? Poetry is hard sometimes.

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