2018 Day 26 – Evening, With Curry

Hear
Sizzling oil,
Spice seeds exploding.

Loud doorbell chime,
Soft voice.
Hear.

See
White plate,
Sauce turmeric yellow.

Tangle of curls,
Brown eyes.
See.

Smell
Hot metal,
Hint of burning.

Air dried linen,
Bergamot, patchouli.
Smell.

Taste
Coriander, cumin,
Garlic and onion.

Trace of mouthwash,
Salty flesh.
Taste.

Feel
Chili hotness,
Contrasting cool yoghurt.

Demanding tongue probing
Yielding mouth.
Feel.

 

Notes: The prompt was to write a poem that includes images that engage all five senses. I was  inspired by the vague memory of a poem (by Adrian Mitchell?) which ended with the line ‘Two curried lovers on a white-hot sheet’. The form is chained hay(na)ku, alternating normal and reverse.

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