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To market To Market

Story ID:7128
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:1946
Person:Bung Chung Kid
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To market To Market

To market To Market

To market To Market

To Market, To Market

Down to the Motor Pool
Checked out a Jeep
Decided to do some shopping
On Bung Chung street

Looking for a bargain
A present to send
To a friend, not to spend
No more than Two-Ten-Yen.

He had silk of every color
On a comforter it was displayed
Red, White, Blue,
In the dust and Sun it lay

The salesman couldn’t speak English
Me no Korean doncha see
But with a few hand signals
He understood me

He wanted a hundred Yen
For a single yard
I wanted two
So I bargained mighty hard

When I pulled out my money
He didn’t change at all
I paid two hundred Yen
I got two yards of white, as I recall

Sent it to a gal
Going to college at P.U.
She was a sweet thing
And pretty too.
(Phillips University, Enid Oklahoma.)

The Bung Chung market street in Seoul Korea
Thousands of miles away
I know I wouldn’t recognize
The Bung Chung of today

This was in 1946, 65 years ago
In the dirt and rocks
A small area
Where the venders could display their stock.

To the people walking by
And show their ware
Squatting on the ground for hours
Not a single chair.

I close my eyes
Seems like yesterday
When I was in Korea
Thousands of miles away.

Monte L. Manka 04-18-11