CHONGDONG MARKET

I

Little old woman
sits cross legged
on a faded cushion.
She nods as we enter
and touch the ancient chest.
She rocks slowly in place,
older than the ancient
stone carving
guarding her doorway.

 

II

In the narrow, dingy hall
giant pots nestle against
stone carvings.
A fat Buddha smiles
at a rice paper covered screen.

 

III

Celandon vase
carefully cast and carved
sits on a small shelf
amid Hyundai head gaskets.

 

IV

“Cast iron tea pot,
very old, very old
top quality, for you
only 350,000 won –
you pay cash
325,000.”