How to Make Fire by Cornelia Rohde

POEM: How to Make Fire

A poem by Cornelia Rohde


Shock whole cloves, a stick
of cinnamon, and plump seeds
of cardamom with sizzling oil
until they blurt their secrets.
Render a headstrong onion into bits.
Crush two pungent cloves of garlic.
Shred bold fresh ginger root.
Fry them like you love them,
soft and caramel brown.
Add sunny turmeric and
juice-laden crushed tomatoes.
Squeeze handfuls of boiled
red kidney beans into a thick mash
to stir in with the rest.
Toss in enough chili to make every
tango dancer and flame blower,
rush headlong for a fire hose.



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