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            Michael Chacko Daniels

The Flea-Driven Traveler

  

I

 

Red-tail hawk

            swoops old Miwok sage scrub

 

Pray for us

 

Yellow-hooded Woman

daubs cliffs black, clouds sky

 

Pray for us

 

Rodeo snowy egrets

dipfish foam lagoon

 

Pray for us

 

Golden dung flies

            buzz horsechip gold

 

Pray for us

 

Revelations of skin droop

Traveler probes red-flecks

 

Pray for us

 

Blue-green eyes

talk to grey waves

 

Pray for us sinners

 

 

II

 

Effluence of surfers

            Traveler kills bodybug

 

Bless us, Father

 

Submerged river otter

grabs brown pelican

 

Bless us, Father

 

Woman paints pebbles

            crests waves, red cliffs

 

Bless us, Father

 

Neck-deep, Cosco-oil sand

            burned boy buries blonde

 

Bless us, Father

 

A tern speeds nestward

beak clamped on fish

 

                        Bless us, Father

 

She: Not the right red for this light

 

        He: A good, sunless day to learn swimming

 

Lord, have mercy on us, now and forever

Michael Chacko Daniels earned an MS in Journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University.  A former community worker and clown, he grew up in Bombay, India and currently lives and works in San Francisco. His short stories have appeared in Apollo's Lyre, Cricket Online Review, Denver Syntax, DragonFire, Hackwriters, Indelible Kitchen, and SHALLA Magazine. His books include Split in Two (Poetry, 2004), Anything out of Place Is Dirt (Novel, 2004), and That Damn Romantic Fool (Novel, 2005).  His website is http://indiawritingstation.com/