Anthony Watts: The Square Plate

Waiter, take this plate away
and toss it far out in the bay!
The food is excellent. What’s wrong
is the object that you’ve served it on.
I mean the shape. What kind of fool
convinced himself that square is cool?

This product of designer hell
reminds me of a prison cell.
Remove the thing and bring me one
resembling more the moon or sun.
Such treatment of my meat and veg
is nothing short of sacrilege.

When taxis stumble on square wheels,
then you may thus abuse my meals.
Until such time as that, the norm
remains a plate that’s round in form.
I think that’s all I have to say,
waiter. Take this plate away!

(First published in Four Corners)

Round plate with flower design rim and centre