A Faded Postcard is a Tanka Daydream

by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

but of the firewalker
of his frame, a rush of flame

look at both faces, closed eyes

this, what you were born into
to grasp, that expectation
a forward hesitation –

to love only once
to endure, outlast these worlds
a lowing, literal love

not the bitter deathsong ends
not the judging eyes

a milk bath before
fresh plate of malai kofta

look at the firewalker –

dusted feet and flake, embers
as windblown, the water oak
next to the winged spindle tree

Pirene's Fountain

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé's picture

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has edited more than ten books and co-produced three audio books. The titles span the genres of ethnography, journalism, creative nonfiction, and poetry, several edited pro bono for non-profit organizations including Sok Sabay Cambodia, Riding for the Disabled Association, and the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre. Previously an entertainment and lifestyle journalist, Desmond has traveled to Australia, France, Hong Kong and Spain for his stories, culminating in the authorship of the limited edition Top Ten TCS Stars for Caldecott Publishing. Trained in book publishing at Stanford University, with a theology masters (world religions) from Harvard University and fine arts masters (creative writing) from the University of Notre Dame, he is the recipient of the Hiew Siew Nam Academic Award, and Singapore Internationale Grant, with his poetry and fiction appearing in nine chapbooks, various anthologies, and over 140 literary journals. An interdisciplinary artist, Desmond also works in clay, his ceramic works housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.

Last updated September 14, 2011