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Korean Superman

Story ID:9490
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Corona CA. USA
Year:1946
Person:Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Korean Superman

Korean Superman

Looked down the road
I was taken aback
Here came an old Korean man
Carrying a haystack

As he got closer
I couldn’t believe my eyes
The unwieldy load he was carrying
Was “King Size”

He stopped in front of me
With camera in my hand
I snapped a photo
Of this hay hauling Korean man,

He was carrying
In his hands
A pipe for smoking
With a long skinny stem

A long wooden staff
For aid
Or protection
If needed

The temperature close to zero
Didn’t bother this Korean
With heavy quilted Jacket
And quilted Pantaloon

Tied tight
Around the feet
To make full use
Of his body heat

As I stood there watching
He proceeded on his way
Seemingly oblivious
To his load of hay

On the way to market
To receive his pay
Delivering food for some farmers Ox
This load of hay.

This Korean farmer
Though seeming small
His body is made of steel
That’s all.

This is the thing you see
In the “Land of the Morning Calm”
Take it from this farmer
I’m glad to be far from.

Monte L. Manka 1-21-2014