About the Author:
Michael Chacko Daniels is a former community worker and clown who grew up in Mumbai. Writers Workshop, India, has published five of his books: Split in Two (poetry, 2004), Anything Out of Place Is Dirt (novel, 2004), That Damn Romantic Fool (novel, 2005), Morning in Santiniketan (haiku, 2010) and The Mendonҫa Mystery and Other Stories (short stories, 2014). He worked as a publisher and editor for several years with the New River Free Press of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and as an assistant editor with The Asia Foundation, San Francisco. As a community worker, he has been actively involved in a variety of areas including the Jobs for Homeless Consortium of Alameda County which he helped establish in 1988 and look after through mid-2004. For five years he was a Volunteer In Service To America (VISTA).
Daniels is an alumnus of St. Michael’s High School, Wilson College, University of Bombay (Department of Economics) and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He is based in San Francisco.
swoops old Miwok sage scrub
daubs cliffs black, clouds sky
Rodeo Beach snowy egrets
dive for fish in the foamy lagoon
Pray for us
Dust djinn spins dead leaves
scrapes sidewalk’s grit; sapling
sighs bends sighs
Pink sand verbena
bloom; rangers string wire fence
Where have the deer gone?