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Radio Poets - Alex Hong, "The King Of Sorrow"

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AMR # 427

You can hear Alex Hong read his poem broadcast on 91.7 KALW Today Tuesday April 30 at 7:49 this morning and at this afternoon at 5:57

The King of Sorrow

by Alex Hong


Sorrow filled the air as time seemed to stop.

Seconds turned to minutes.

From the distance a loud whine and whine.

The ambulance carried a boy into the back.

A civilian came, rushing to the boy’s side.

A mother cried loudly as they took him away.

The air was thick,

Full of pain.

The boy felt agony as the pain shot through his body over and over again.

The ambulance rode away loudly with the civilian and the boy.

The others were left with broken windows and shattered hearts,

as the whirrs and whines fade into the background.

All seemed to be lost with disappointment and sorrow.