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Tishani Doshi

Ode to Drowning

If rain signals
the lover’s return
then I am lost

in the desert
burning
like the brain fever bird

looking for images of you
through mesquite
and teak

Because there’s no sign
of you
or what I know

to be as you
only clouds adrift
in a vanquished sky

like vines
of throbbing arms
and mouths

drinking at the shore
intoxicated
with the night

Tishani Doshi, Everything Begins Elsewhere. (Bloodaxe Books, May 1, 2012)

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