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‘I stare down at the umber river’ and other poems

By: Aadi Desai

I stare down at the umber river

I stare down at the umber river

embraced and blackened by the night

the reflections of illuminated billboards

lie on its surface.

Here next to me, the prostitutes near a bridge,

on my way to school

replace a plant seller

and his rows of plants.

I remember how the rain

roiled the surface of the water.

So the night

roils my despondence.

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As dwindling dusk dwindles away,

As dwindling dusk dwindles away,
Come along with me.
As fleeting light flees away,
To drown in reverie.

When the shrouds of shadows spread over the streets,
When the frail light entombs your face.
When the sky drenches in blood, drenches in blood and dies
Shroud me in your embrace.

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