All day I have looked for you as
the heat rises from the asphalt
and the wilting laburnum
garlands the city like
a bride or a corpse.
Now and then,
I pretend I can escape
the labyrinth of your many lies.
But the route is made of smoke and
sophistry. Bottle-blue mirages quench my need,
summon the salt-sweet of your skin.
Bone-drunk, I am drawn back to
the waterless landscape of your neglect,
spellbound, I take them –
a sequence of sun-scorched
footsteps into precarious stepwells,
the blaze in my throat as painful
as a desire to sing.
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