Looking at a man selling tomatoes
my intellect begins to play a game—
are there enough in the fridge?
If there are too many & I buy,
Maria will get mad at me.
If there are none & I don’t buy,
Maria will still get mad at me.
If I call her, I’m not making
a simple decision & if I don’t
I’m neglecting her opinion.
I ponder a bit and buy three.
If the final quantity is less
than her expectations, I will slice
& mince a little salad which Maria
likes. If it exceeds her need, she’ll cook
my favourite sev-tomato sabzi & if the
count is just right, we will make
the soup that Maria & I love.

Selected byJordan Trethewey
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Jay Gandhi is a thirty-four year old poet residing in Mumbai, India. He's an Accountant by profession, a Guitarist and a Yoga Practitioner. He derives inspiration from mundane things. Poetry is his tool to find beauty in the daily routine. His poetry has been featured in anthologies such as Persian Sugar in English Tea, Poets on the Run, Saffron Flavoured Rock Candy and Once upon a meal. His poems have been published by the online magazine Muddy River Poetry Review and have made it to the front page of PoetryCircle.com. In free time, Jay likes to walk for long distances.