Finchley Central,
my new neighbourhood
and a legion of foreign importers
remain open for business,
a warm Sunday evening
after a day in a Camden pub.
Fruiterers, bakers, butchers;
English, Jewish, Iranian –
A wide range of market stores
offering the community
life and memories from far-away places.
Delicacies supreme, on display:
Asparagus from Norfolk, yellow tail from Turkey,
mountain bread from Poland –
Too many options,
for an outsider with a mild hangover,
unknown pleasures,
and decisions to make
on an empty stomach; a beautiful mix.