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May Day 1946

Story ID:8018
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:1946
Person:Scared Chelsea Kansas Kid
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May Day In 1946

May Day in 1946
A day I will never forget
Visiting a friend in Seoul, Korea
I can envision it yet

We were issued a carbine
Ammunition forty rounds
Placed inside the gates
Of the Korean palace grounds

While two ROK soldiers
Down on one knee
Rifle pointed at
A chanting horde of humanity.

The street into the palace
Was many lanes wide
It was filled with humans
From side to side

Thousands of people
As far as I could see
I was thinking
Oh, Woe is me

Carbine at the ready
Staring at the pulsating crowd
Screaming, yelling waving wildly
Like a giant thundercloud.

Two shots rang out
Four people lay bleeding
The ROK Soldiers had fired into the crowd
The throng was hastily retreating

As suddenly as it started
Suddenly all around
Was stillness
Not another sound

The Sgt. told us to stand at ease
Turn in your carbines
Back to the issue room
Couldnít believe what Iíd seen.

My heart slowed a bit
With several others we stood our ground
If they had breached the gates
Would we still be around?

That giant sea of faces
Chanting crazily
Thousands of people
As far as you could see

Iíll be honest
It scared the beejeebers out of me

Monte L. Manka 05-01-12