Mason Maestro


Port of Authority


Nothing more
Nothing less
The writing’s on the wall
A geopolitical mess
Peninsula
Two drummers beat
Kim Il-Sung on one
Where two ends cannot meet

You won’t see it on a postcard
Don’t blame it on the coastguard
West determines wrong and right
Looking north we only stereotype
And it makes us lose our sight

A fortress port authority
Formation in March 1950
A fortress port authority
Isn’t really what it ought to be

Reinforcement vow
Stalin and Mao
An oppressive intrusion?
A plague across the land?
But the haunt
Source in the bases in Seoul
And the reaches of the ports
Of Pusan is the Mole

Blood drained from the Demilitarized Zone
Past three years cannot muster the support
Armistice had to be signed
And to us it's just a stereotype
A rogue nation engages for spite

A fortress port authority
Ceased in July 1953
38th Parallel now a DMZ
Isn’t really what it ought to be

Submitted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Edited: Friday, September 13, 2013

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From Shooter on the Barricades. This entry covers the Korean War.

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