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.