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but not quite – the ladles are 

being extracted and the 

crockery collected; the last 

of the plate-swabbing 

draws to a close 

our hands are shaped into 

accidental, unnamed mudras 

                         suspended in the conducting 

                         of conversation, 

          poised just so 

          by crusty stiffness 

          (borne of a meal relished and 

          the most delicate of inertia) 

                         – graceful still, if not supple 

          yet we do not rise, 

          preferring to marinate 

          just a little longer

Anushka Baruah is a lawyer, erstwhile literature student, and dumpling enthusiast. She lives in Delhi.

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