In another restaurant
If you asked if I wanted to eat a snail
I would decline.
I would also refuse to eat the sushi
but accept the challenge
to spoon the wasabi sauce into my mouth
And you won’t laugh too much
when I sing along to the music.
And you also won’t question
why I like to eat pasta every day.
Nor will you worry
about whether linguine
is better than spaghetti.
Nor will you argue
that penne works better
with a pomodoro sauce
because coats so much better.
Nor will you forget to add pine nuts
and use sunflower oil and a hint
of grated parmesan when you recreate
my favourite arrabiata dish.
These are things
you will understand,
because when we go out
you don’t question
the matte red shoes
worn with hair coloured blue.
You don’t need to tell me I will never die.
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