Thaw by Peter A Kelly

Just as 
the season’s
snows threaten
sibling permafrost
Pyongyang crosses the
border into Panmunjom to
meet his brother Seoul in the
Peace Village showing strength
in handshakes gladly reciprocated.

Of PyeongChang County winter games
talk begins, of a break from war games talk
begins. If only in past times those men paused
in Christmas Truce for football and Silent Night
in no man’s land together had jaw-jawed longer
in the frost, exchange of words of similarities
reminded, would not further hostilities
have been prevented?

When brother and brother
disarm to walk towards each other
larger will the human loom, smaller the
difference seem. So be it now. So
sad when families do not talk.


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