Still Life with Seafood

O happy folk of Belsize Park
At last you have your wish,
For Thornton’s Budgens now presents
A plenitude of fish !

Their glistening scales, their shining shells
Backed by unblemished ice
Reveal to every connoisseur
That they’re fit to entice.

They’re fresh, they’re flavoursome, they want
To have their taste released
And zestify the simplest meal
Into a royal feast.

These are the sea’s gift to the land
Brought from afar for you
To choose your favourites from – or else
To try out something new.