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Korean Concrete Jungle Blues

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In Korea where I live
Most people live in large apartment towers
In suburban neighborhoods
And many work in concrete office towers.

This is a Pan Asian phenomenon
As old neighborhoods are taken over
Turned in soulless monster apartment
And office towers
Linked together by subways, buses
And freeways.

Now I live in one
And find it is not as bad
As I had thought.

I have a nice view
Of the city towers
In my Suburban town.

There are over 300 resturants
Within a short walk
And surprisingly people
Walk about the neighborhood.

It is not the cold soulless
Steel concrete jungle
I had imagined at all.

There are even lots of trees
In between the buildings
And new neighborhoods
Are being build
With mixed used towers
And urban sustainability concepts.

But I miss the old neighborhoods
With their alley ways
Traditional markets
And old down home feel.


Get inspired by this excerpt from this poem:

"City Sorrow" by Bandit's Mama (76)

"...The concrete and steel of this city
Shelter not the things that I love.
Buildings lean over me, weight without pity.
They stifle the breath of my soul...."

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