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Tandoori House

By Linda VanOrden

This morning I can still taste
Vindaloo and popadums—
Stale on your breath
From the curry house at Picadilly Circus—
And I want a bottle
The night
In coriander and ginger
So the cool air won't tamper
With its flavor
Or erase the Punjabi texture
As though we'd never tasted firelight.