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

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Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé


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