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Paas Phuron (Five Spices)

Paas Phuron (Five Spices)

Nitoo Das

Five spices temper
   everything.
Fierce mustard makes them
   sing. Saunf funnels
greenly, jeera jeers, kalonji
   blackens all, ajwain essays
a caustic turn, methi
   bitter as usual
scowls in spots.
   The five
like fingers, foolish
   princes, Christ’s wounds
seethe together
   to give food
a bite.

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Nitoo Das teaches English at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. She was born in Guwahati, but moved to Delhi in 1994. Her first poetry collection is Boki, and her poems have appeared in online sites such as Poetry International Web, Pratilipi, Muse India, Eclectica, and elsewhere. Das’s interests include fractals, bird photography, and translation from Assamese to English.

Nitoo Das