Anjum Malik – The Sizzle Of Love

27 Nov 2018 / #Arvon50

Closeup of salad

Arvon has played a major part in my writing career as a creative writing tutor, I was asked to tutor a really long time ago at Totleigh Barton for the first time, late 90s.  It was an incredible boost and acknowledgment for me as a writer early in my career.  I am very lucky to be regular tutor for Arvon and have worked at all the centres.  Each time its like being with family you are popping back to visit and Arvon are the family members you want to visit. 

The Sizzle Of Love

Onions, garlic, ginger
Chopped in a flash
Dropped to sizzle
Into the oil, warming in the pan
Tomatoes, coriander and
Green chillies follow
The chop sizzle route
Gram masala, haldi
And the sauce is on its way
Sizzling as it sets the juices flowing
A few stirs are followed by
Chicken, lamb or fish
Whatever was in the shopping today
Curries galore in our kitchen
Chapatis roll off the pin
And onto the tawa
Hot, piping hot you made them
Off the flame and onto our plates
Tearing off big pieces we
Scooped, slurped, chomped
Our way through the saalan and roti
We teased you, every time
A map of India, Nah its Thailand
Mine’s the best, its England!
You stood by us, smiling
Your face glowing, satisfied
You watched us eat your food
Made with that one
Essential ingredient
Love
For your brood
We loved your cooking
We loved you
No dish was ever the same
Each one a masterpiece
Unique
One and only
As you were
Our precious precious
Dad.

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#Arvon50
Arvon is 50 this year and to celebrate we have collected the stories of writers far and wide who have a tale to tell about Arvon. The collection is published in our anniversary booklet and featured on our blog throughout the year. This contribution is by scriptwriter, poet, performer and creative writing tutor Anjum Malik.

 

 

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