It is reported that the Japanese have complained about a dessert to be served at the Korean North-South summit dinner when South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The mango mousse features a map of the Takeshima (Japanese) or Dokso (Korean) islands in the Sea of Japan (Japanese) or East Sea (Korean) whose ownership is disputed between the two countries.
A meeting which is taking place,
Twixt parts of the Korean race,
Has focussed all attention on,
The little town of Panmunjom.
This mid-Korean border town,
Unknown, but now of world renown,
Is where, for years, they’ve kept the peace,
Within a war that’s never ceased.
With guns and cannon everywhere,
Ten thousand and some more to spare,
The two Koreas meeting up,
Is an excuse to eat and sup.
So now a banquet’s been arranged,
For the two leaders, one deranged,
And that should go down well, it’s thought,
From canapés right through to port.
But it seems there has been a leak –
And it’s not soup of which I speak –
But secret codes, I have to say,
Have given all the game away.
So, if not soup, did someone blurt,
The menu details for dessert?
For in Japan they heard the news,
And very nearly launched their cruise
Missiles from submarine and barge,
The mango mousse to sabotage.
The mousse had got them in a flap,
Because thereon there was a map,
Of Korea and … well, ahem…
Bits that did not belong to them.
“Regrettable in the extreme.”
Is what, translated, the words mean,
From Foreign Office in Japan,
Referring to this mousse or flan.
“It can’t be served, they must withdraw,
It’s lucky that the map we saw;
We do not like to made a fuss,
But those islands belong to us.
If they intend to be obtuse,
And let their chefs play fast and loose,
With islands which are not their own,
Next will be Fujiyama scone.”
Koreans now seemed quite bemused,
For fruit and cream was all they’d used;
They’d caused, although not their intent,
A diplomatic incident.
How this might end we do not know,
Japan is not, as yet, their foe,
But Kim Jong-un? It looks like he,
Has polished off no less than three!
So if you make desserts take care,
Complaints can come from anywhere,
And we don’t want this mousse to be,
The start of war – that’s World War Three!
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