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The Thinker

Story ID:7702
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:1945
Person:Wonderin Chelsea Kansas Kid
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The Thinker

The Thinker

Tonight a TV program
Stirred something in my memory
About what I had seen in Seoul Korea, in 1945
In the XXIV Corps Theater lobby.

The Japanese had occupied Korea
For thirty three years, now ended
They had left Korea in a shambles
And had left Seoul barren

I was shocked when I went to the movie
And in the lobby of the XXIV Corps theater
Sat the statue of Rodins “The Thinker”
Nothing could be stranger

Why did the Japanese
Leave the statue in tiptop shape
When they surrendered Korea
The country they did rape?

Now I wished I had paid more attention
Whether Bronze, Marble or paste
I only noticed it was the “Thinker”
As I passed by in haste

To find a seat
Along with hundreds of other GI’s
Maybe to see a USO show
And join my buddy’s in Medical Supply


This was before Seoul was bombed
In the 1950 Police action, “not a war”
I wonder if the Thinker survived
Or is in pieces on the lobby floor

Of the once Twenty Fourth Corps Theater
In Seoul, Korea, many years ago
Where the GI’s were entertained
And could see a picture show.

Monte L. Manka 12-28-11