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Under your footstep, Mira steals saffron

by Purvi Shah

Image credit: © 2008 Purvi Shah

          Halo of bees pealing: unmantle

stigma. I lick fingers, stinging
          simmer, smearing erupt blue

through the part of my hair —           awaiting

that one, I am,                     awaiting
          the one I am — awaiting

one I am —                              perpetuity
          now                    parting.

Author-photo_Purvi-ShahKnown for her sparkly eyeshadow and raucous laughter, Purvi Shah inspires change as an advocate and writer. She is curious about language as dreamwork for love, transformation, justice. During the 10th anniversary of 9/11, she directed Together We Are New York, a community-based poetry project to highlight Asian American voices and experiences. She investigates migrations in Terrain Tracks and women in Dark Lip of the Beloved: Sound Your Fiery God-Praise. Discover her @PurviPoets or

Image credit: © 2006 Willi Wong

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