father stretch

‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find’
– Matthew 7:7

father stretch this embankment,
where the drum and rustle shall
come to rest, knowing how you
hold the soil together, hands
scattering the seeds that have
fed us, pith and peel and husk.
by this we remember a generous
breath, spread across the wall
of an organ’s sound, the columns
of thick inked brushstrokes, the
wide wooden panels sturdy beneath
bare feet. by this we relish the hold
of a daily meal, the anchor dropped
amidst a torrent, the steadying of
talk between each spoonful, the
gradual calm of each collected
presence. by this we trace a lineage
of seeking, from monochrome
to the lilt of sepia tones, the grain
of film to every digital blot. so
father stretch the land that lies
beneath, stretch the hands that
learn and yearn to feed, stretch
the palms for every mindful need.

Jonathan Chan is a writer, editor, and graduate of the University of Cambridge. Born in New York to a Malaysian father and South Korean mother, he was raised in Singapore, where he is presently based. He is interested in questions of faith, identity, and creative expression. He has recently been moved by the writing of Tse Hao Guang, Rodrigo Dela Peña Jr., and Balli Kaur Jaswal.

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