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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
coloratura


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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