The Story of Seasoned Aromas

simmering gravy, aroma enhanced
by fresh curry leaves
the kitchen inhaled and exhaled your art
the shelves crammed with secrets
a window spectating throughout

others strayed into writing
papers for others, signing
cheques and electronic letters
filling their time in this world
with unimportant meetings with
people who didn’t matter, catching
trains and planes
ending up nowhere in particular
you chose to open a jar

and another one, placing
spices on your palm like gems
carelessly drifting into the history
of a country, through its cookery
plotting trade routes and invasions
through narratives formed in your vessels
you even met emperors and paupers
and critics and caste-formers
at the end of it all, you even left
god behind in the past, serving
us, everytime
a different ancestral creation
others aged around you and withered
but you somehow remained, both
young and ancient

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