Star Gazey Pie
Perverse Cornish pie you'd swear they made up
as a joke to scare incomers.
But it's as true as I breathe,
fish heads peeking perversely over the rim,
a maritime, Halloween supper treat.
The startled herring gaze at Orion
from a shortcrust sea.
This is a yesteryear thing,
a recipe like threatened torture
to scare the tourists
and processed food kids.
Never having seen it,
I dream beneath the crust
all sorts of oceanic unpleasantness
swirling, unedible, in a Celtic Sea
and shantied sauce.
The Star Gaezey fish have an accusing look.
Just don't ask what's for pudding.