The most romantic meal is fish and chips
in all the world, when shared with one you love:
tart tang of salt and vinegar on the lips
the tongue to tease, beyond reproach, above
the cove carved out by coloured coasts,
beneath the war memorial at high noon,
leftover scraps to hungry seagulls tossed:
to us, surfeit; to scavengers, a boon!
In a sunlit cafe, one day in Durham
washed down with tea, served up with bread and butter:
on lovers’ lips simple requests become
tongue twisting riddles, baffling to utter…
The most romantic meal is fish and chips:
their savour sweet, sealed by these fingertips.
A Sonnet for Valentine’s Day
What better way to celebrate St Valentine’s Day than with a love sonnet? Something lighthearted yet delicious to savour with a loved one. This poem is not included in Archery In The UK, but it is certainly in keeping with the themes of the book: looking back on fond memories whilst making new ones. If you like sonnets, and you appreciate love poetry, you will adore this collection…