24 March – Bon appetit!

Don’t walk by the river hungry
once we reach late March
or you’ll be torturing yourself
as you amble past
spreads of lush wild garlic
filling the air with aromas
of cordon bleu cooking
and rich Italian flavours.

Don’t close your eyes by the river
once we reach late March
if you want to avoid disappointment
when you re-open them at last.
For your nose might have just convinced you
you’re being served moules frites in a bistro
or tucking into tagliatelle aglio
as you dine by the Ponte Vecchio.