Let US Pray Feature




Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, SG


Narrative Prayer Poems


a haiku is elevation


breath in, outer breath
breathe in, rhythmic breeze – wheel

snare drum on strung side
a roll, scratched parquet, sine tone
notation, scored song

similar motion
decuplet doves tailing – now
light and reasoned truth



as with an archivist’s haiku


almonds or peanuts
large leaf teas

winter’s kissing bench

no end to prayer
as salve and headrest

one more moment to say and

wrought iron, fence

pull of gravity

of bach’s viola
over cracked tarmac

pit bull on the run



as with an a priori haiku


brick by blue brick
like it should have been

my obvious object
of affection, unconditioned

love both ways

romance in ballads
under our red maple tree
whispers, brittle hope

postcard to self

if you ever come home

understand minutes
are all you have between
the hundred acres

the kind of wishful thinking



About Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, SG


Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has edited more than 10 books and co-produced 3 audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations. Trained in publishing at Stanford, with a theology masters in world religions from Harvard and fine arts masters in creative writing from Notre Dame, Desmond is a recipient of the Singapore Internationale Grant and Dr Hiew Siew Nam Academic Award. He has recent or forthcoming work in Caper Literary Journal, Cricket Online Review, Dark Sky, Fence, Pure Francis, Nano Fiction, Spilling Ink Review, Spork Press, Swink, and Wag’s Revue. Desmond also works in clay, his commemorative pieces housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé's first appearance in Sketchbook.









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