26 Letters

Image from Hayim Oshky

By Michael Mondo

This poem is about the motivation I sought when writing. Sometimes words don’t come easily, other times they just flow in the mind, like wave ripples; single words, dancing letters, phrase, etc. And all It takes is to capture the first wave of letters before the next can be revealed. 

When letters dance to your
graphite spill
you’d know there is more your
pen can spell

I’ve had mine on a
morning of July
like a dog turning
around to lie
been awake doodling
seen them letters shy

Walked my fingers across
flat paper white
In between nigh lines and
night dimmer light

Dare to dance? the
letters charged
Scared to write? the
twenty six marched
up and down the stairs
of pearl paper lines

My fingers that doodle
now write as if they
had a mind to mingle
like wave ripples, aye

Sound of their tiptoe
of rhythm and rhymes
in the silence echo
that spell themselves
Twenty Six Letters

Published by Ples Singsing

Ples Singsing is envisioned to be a new platform for Papua Niuginian expressions of creativity, ingenuity and originality in art and culture. We deliberately highlight these two very broad themes as they can encompass the diverse subjects, from technology, medicine and architecture to linguistics, music, fishing, gardening et cetera. Papua Niuginian ways of thinking, living, believing, communicating, dying and so on can cover the gamut of academic, journalistic or opinionated writing and we believe that unless we give ourselves a platform to talk about and discuss these things in an open, free and non-exclusively academic space that they may remain the fodder for academics, journalists and other types of writers alone. New social media platforms have given every individual a personal space to share their feelings and ideas openly, sometimes without immediate censure. The Ples Singsing writer’s blog would like to provide another more structured platform for Papua Niuginian expressions in written, visual and audio formats while also providing some regulation of the type and content of materials to be shared publicly.

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