Poem about Cheonan captures a nation’s pain
The sinking of the Navy warship Cheonan last month led many people to shed bitter tears of deep sorrow for those who were lost or had gone missing. One of those people was Kim Duk-kyu, a medical professor at Dong-A University.
Overwhelmed by the tragic incident, Kim posted a poem on the Navy Web site recently titled “Return, Sailors of PCC-772,” crying out for the return of the missing sailors.
His poem found its way around the Internet and instantly touched the hearts of many Korean netizens.
“PCC” stands for “Patrol Combat Corvette.”
“When I was reading the names of the missing sailors in the newspaper the other day, I couldn’t help but cry,” Kim said in an appearance on a local radio program on Tuesday.
“The sadness and grief led me to put those emotions into words, which later became a poem. But I hadn’t expected the poem to receive so much attention.”
Kim, who served as an army surgeon, said one of his best friends was a navy surgeon stationed on Baeknyeong Island, which gave Kim an understanding of the tough conditions near the North Korean border.
Kim also said that he was angry the government had not provided full compensation to the families of those who died during the second west coast inter-Korean naval clash near Yeonpyeong Island in 2002, but that he has since had a change of heart.
“My feelings of resentment from back then have since changed into feelings of affection for the Navy,” he said.
By Lee Eun-joo [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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