The history book says girls were dragged
from their houses and tied to telephone poles
followed by unspeakable torture. What was not
unspeakable were the narrow prison closets
and forced prostitutes who bit their fingers and
drew the country’s flag in blood outside their doors.
It was unspeakable that the officers carved
Butcher on their foreheads. The girls hiding
knives in their knapsack because they would
seize back the country, gnawing the ropes of war
because they have lost but they have not given
up, and tomorrow, I pick up the paper and the front
page talks about why Korean girls use plastic surgery
and white men. The title reads, “South Korea:
The Plastic Surgery Capital.” They put their money
where their mouths—and eyes and noses—used to be.