Thursday, 7 March 2019

The Korean War Is Not Over - Not Officially

The Chinese say "he’ping" peace written  和平
while the Koreans write 평화 
and say peace "hwapyong" or "hwapyeong" 

평 like the Chinese character 平 
means flat or whole
peace like a flat calm lake
or a wide easy road
화 like the Chinese character 和 means harmonize
but what really does peace mean in Korea

Can President Trump and Kim Jong Un end the Korean War 
with a peace declaration
does not make a peace treaty 
do China and other parties have a say
in 1953 an armistice was signed 
and fire ceased but no diplomatic treaty followed
ending the conflict officially 
attempts were made in Geneva
North Korea, the United States and South Korea could not agree
and so for 65 years a cease-fire stands

Will they declare peace 
simply a statement ending hostile relations 
between belligerent parties
political nonbinding and symbolic
creating goodwill between only two 
North Korea and the United States
leaving open questions
should Americans withdraw from South Korea
without a multilateral peace treaty
a legal and formal end to the Korean War
with options available if someone doesn't comply

© Kimberly Burnham

Kimberly is a brain health expert and poet. Kimberly's 2019 project is world peace / inner peace with her recently published book, Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program.