wanting, waiting | Ami Patel

the night statics 
with the heat of your invite.
you shape soft rubies of lava 
in your throat, 
turn me to devour. 
my body now whistles
with the steam of no mercy. 
i sprawl on your veranda 
like summer’s first breath.
you linger, disturb my waters. 
these rivers dissect
only to be seamed together 
by sinew of moonlight, the air 
hollow of birdsong
until you exhale their bones.

Ami Patel (she/her) is a queer, diasporic South Asian poet and Young Adult fiction writer. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and Tin House alum. Ami’s poems are published in various places,including perhappened mag, The West Review, and Moss. You can find her online at amipatelwrites.com.

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