Chana Saag, Hot


Chana Saag, Hot

I set fire to my mouth
with self delusion,
misbelieving I could handle
the spice.

Water doesn’t put it out
it spreads it around
like flames and gasoline.

Nose running,
scalp sweating,
lips smouldering.

My stomach ā€” a furnace
whose walls are buckling,
belching like a dragon

until a lovely lhassie
in a mango dress
extinguishes the fire
with her kiss.


(From this morning’s Living Poetry Prompt and tonight’s dinner.)

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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14 Responses to Chana Saag, Hot

  1. Lisa Tomey says:

    Aah a lovely conclusion!

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  2. JeanMarie says:

    Hmmmm, now I’m hungry for Indian food.

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  3. jupitergrant says:

    Wonderful šŸ‘ Perfect description of the unquenchable fire of hot spice!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Will Goodwin says:

    Nice play on words at the end … love me some Indian cuisine..

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  6. -Eugenia says:

    And a happy ending! Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Cassa Bassa says:

    I love this very much!

    Liked by 1 person

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