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An Ode to the People of Korea
People Brave and Proud As Here
By Alan Timblick
President of The Seoul Times
Tragedy of Korean War— Hundreds of war refugees climb onto the wrecked “Daedonggang Bridge” in Pyeongyang, capital of North Korea in desperate efforts to flee from the onslaught of Chinese soldiers in early December of 1950. The file photo of legendary war correspondent Max Desfor shows the tragedy of the fratricidal Korean War (1950-53). The AP war photographer won the Pulitzer Prize in 1951 for his photo “Flight of Refugees Across Wrecked Bridge in Korea” taken at the break of the war in 1950.

Dear readers, as we celebrate 70years of amazing achievement by the Republic of Korea, The Seoul Times is happy to publish a tribute in verse by our Journal's President, who has personally witnessed and watched the evolution of the nation over the past 50 of those 70. Enjoy reading it to yourself!

An Ode to the People of Korea

People brave and proud as here

The like I never saw
Though wide I've travelled, far and near,
So need not search for more
Five thousand years, you say, with pride, this mountain land has been
Your home, your shrine, your resting place,
a safe refuge to hide
With pine-fringed ridges, rivers between
The beauty's bound to move.

But comfort is sometimes denied. Even to those who love their motherground, although they're bound
to honour those before.

You follow your Confucian creed.
Stay on the straight and true.
respect your elders and do trust
that all they say is right!

But ambition has a greater need
Than etiquette imbues
Perchance that's why, when passion rules,
You never think what might
be possible for man.

But only what you hope you can
you race too fast,unsafe, eyes shut, and tragedy ensues
Which grief and sorrow follow
So maybe take the time and leave to finish on the morrow

Koreans! Shout it "we can do"
That is your nation's spirit
But look ahead, see whats in store
And make the future will it
Strong will has helped you through the years of conflict and of strife

And confidence and will are there to support the better life
So carry on, believe its true,! you' re able to succeed
Remember just,genius requires
detail in every deed

And execution is the key
to safely rush at speed
And for the future, teach the young
the trials that you bore

To reach the highest crest
Knowing that globally you are the best.

So they can follow, do even more
Create a new wide road
Lead by example, put away
that whip, that painful goad.



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Alan Timblick serves as President of The Seoul Times. He grew up in England, graduated from Oxford University, and has lived in Seoul for over three decades. A former banker, he also worked for the Korean government as head of Invest Korea and for Seoul City as head of the Seoul Global Center.

 

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