Ambition, Ash
Biman Roy

Ambition, Ash

How much want is enough?

I ramble,
             untouched by day and undressed by night.

Between this and that someone’s ankle
             waltzes as an ode,
                                      then someone’s throat is slit.

I look through the window—

Picked by the wolves, my childhood
                                               still wanders the street.

In my most vulnerable moment,
                                            a lonely crow of ambition
sitting atop a storm-ravaged fence
                                            cocks its head and watches

my body turning to ash, tender and longing.

Biman Roy

has been published in numerous journals, including Nimrod, Briar Cliff Review, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Harpur Palate, Louisville Review, and Permafrost. His chapbook of prose poems, Of Moon and Washing Machine, was recently published by UnCollected Press, and his poetry chapbook, Dinosaur Hour, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.