(Songs of praise for the complacent)

In the pudding
lies the proof.
where in hell
lies the truth?
Journalist, scholar
or the Washington Post
Father, Son
and Langley’s ghost.
from Eden’s soil
from the serpent wrought
hypotheses with theories bought.
Escaping facts
Holding faith
Writhing in truth’s
fading light
with Adam
godless in the night
for Eve’s brief love
in fruit purloined
analysis stripped
thought enjoined.
Doxology sung
for fear of silence
Methodology praised
for love of violence.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is author of Unbecoming American: A War Memoir and also Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..