Non-judgmental Chai

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I sipped

a brew of flavours-

adrak, elaichi, cheeni, kulhad

the essence

of leaves

churning comfort slowly,

no nosing around

no questioning

skilfully

yet so kind,

rummaging through

the mind’s unkempt shelves

dusting off cobwebs

setting up peace,

unlike those

foreign flavours

had

in my head

wired knots;

but

this time over

to unknot

gently warming;

leaving behind

only an aromatic whiff

of yesterday’s episode

to camouflage

as dark circles

or

perhaps-

just to

temporarily

put them to

sleep.

 

P.S: aakhir meri chai hi sahi, non–judgmental toh nikli