desmond kon zhicheng-mingdé

ask the widower
his nature, time as being –
he’ll laugh, show a room

the way things are

wagon wheels on walls
floorboards, makeshift shelves, china
red everywhere, glaze

small like colour tiles
poet’s principle – to find
dissonance, movement

tiny, difference –
smallness in vials, filters, cups
and tea in jam jars

outside the window
a fresco into red rooms
now photographs, then

a locked cabinet
key on thin string, note dangling
to say tomorrow


Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has edited more than ten books and co-produced three audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations. His work in lifestyle and developmental journalism has taken him to Australia, Cambodia, France, Hong Kong and Spain. A recipient of the Singapore Internationale Grant and Dr Hiew Siew Nam Academic Award, he has recent or forthcoming work in Copper Nickel, Cricket Online Review, Folly, Presence, Mascara Literary Review, Notes from the Gean, Orion Headless, Titular and Walnut Literary Review.