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Lovers as plants in a kitchen garden

Top view of ripe, red tomatoes on the vine.

Life’s too small without freshly cut coriander
Generously sprinkled on kadhai chicken.
Mint leaves blitzing their way with tomatoes
Ripe from the vine to the fingers dripping chutney –
Fragrances of earth between all this concrete.

Maybe one day I’ll be able to handle ginger’s zest,
Coconut’s ambition, potato’s melancholy,
And turmeric’s desire to cure everyone.
I will prepare the meat myself. I need you,
I promise, to enhance the flavour a bit.
Pluck me when you need some flavour too.

Cover Image: Photo by Lars Blankers on Unsplash