An Invoked Diligence

by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

All worthwhile sympathies ruled out, the dakinis are lagging in their step. “Don’t mind their petty worked-up fears,” the First Dakini says, always discreet, discerning and fully at ease with a public diplomacy. “Look at these ragged claws in the brick,” the First Dakini raises the kiln to eye level, “never enough good faith, never enough mindfulness around these parts anymore.” Give Mount Olivet a cenobitic reason and the sophists will be written in the stars, shivery and awkwardly built. The Neanderthals have objected to being seated with lower lifeforms, and have befriended the Yeti. Should the dakinis stay, they need endure the vicious harpies with their pageboy bobs, Pokemon-pesky, blank stares and tight fists in an ineffectual vanity and vacuity. “Walk away from the two-faced double-dealing,” Mani says to the seven dakinis, jumping through their hoops to get to his version of an Anglo-Saxon nirvana.

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Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has edited more than ten books and co-produced three audio books. The titles span the genres of ethnography, journalism, creative nonfiction, and poetry, several edited pro bono for non-profit organizations including Sok Sabay Cambodia, Riding for the Disabled Association, and the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre. Previously an entertainment and lifestyle journalist, Desmond has traveled to Australia, France, Hong Kong and Spain for his stories, culminating in the authorship of the limited edition Top Ten TCS Stars for Caldecott Publishing. Trained in book publishing at Stanford University, with a theology masters (world religions) from Harvard University and fine arts masters (creative writing) from the University of Notre Dame, he is the recipient of the Hiew Siew Nam Academic Award, and Singapore Internationale Grant, with his poetry and fiction appearing in nine chapbooks, various anthologies, and over 140 literary journals. An interdisciplinary artist, Desmond also works in clay, his ceramic works housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.

Last updated May 31, 2011