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A collage by Chris Mooney-Singh based on “asleep at the wheel” by YisongYue licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

“Sleep is the best meditation” — Dalai Lama

I would like to anchor down with gravity
and fortify the stormy side of sleep,
I dream that I am drowning in the sea. — CMS

I was on the home stretch driving down the last mountain road. Heavy metal on the…

Design by Chris Mooney-Singh

Rip the hair from the skin,
rip the heart from the body,
set a match to the jungle
for the love of quick money.
Turn the land to sand,
turn your back on the past,
dig a deep hole
before the dynamite blast.
This is the age
of the desperate need
to say I’m…

Design: Chris Mooney-Singh using “Rohingya Refugee Crisis” by InterAction Communications is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

More than 740,000 Muslim Rohingya fled to Bangladesh after Myanmarese ethnic cleansing in 2017. The pressure of surving in Bangla internment camps has forced thousands to again flee by boat, only to be refused entry by Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. The latest excuse? The pandemic. Source: Al Jazeera, 2021.

Modified by the author: “Beijing Taxi Dashboard Buddha” by SnoShuu is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

He is bald and chubby
at the wheel. A buddha
facing dashboard deities.
I’m just a pocket of coins
eyeing the meter.

What is your name?
Happy, he giggles.
How long have you been driving?
25 year.
How many children, Uncle?
4 son, 2 daughter.
All married. lucky, ah?

The fruit of it?
Grandchildren drop
like fragrant pears
into the…

“Mahjong Tiles” by Kirk Siang is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

“Good friendships are like mahjong — easy to play, hard to win.” — Anonymous

On Sundays, Mei Hua plays mahjong
with Mother, Myrtle and Mrs. Wong.
They gossip like the old trade winds.
She makes a four with family friends.

How far away is Guangdong now —
the wind, the fields, the fat white sow?
Mei Hua has studied for the Bar
and drives about in a red…

Design by Chris Mooney-Singh — acknowlegement: “playing Mahjong” by Indigo Skies Photography is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

You are a nagging word like ‘opportunist’ or ‘manipulator;’ I might be the ‘ditherer’ or just simply ‘lapdog’ No longer do I want to bring the oolong tea while you play me like a game of mahjong. …

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Cheesy, cheesy, cheesy, cheesy,
no more greasy, take it easy.
Mamma Mia! I could eat a
another piece of greasy pizza.


I like chilled chocolate, not gooey as sludge:
caramel, mint or plain chocolate fudge.
I’m craving some badly; let’s go in the car —
chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, ah!



Chris Mooney-Singh

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