Conor O’Reilly

Driving Close to the DMZ

Like the Light Brigade, buses and cars hurtle on
past endless rows of rusty barbed and razor wire.
Fatigued figures pose with machine guns on guard
all in front of reed marshes ignoring the charge.

And the silver-plated Han in the background,
still as cream sneaking silent through the sentries’ lines,
beneath long bridges, searchlights and guard posts
manned with boys – it is oblivious to them all.




Conor O’Reilly lives in Suwon, South Korea. He has been writing poetry for several years and has had work published in both Wordlegs and The Poetry Bus. He writes regularly for the English language media in Korea.