Coughing

(In aquatic media nearly drowned)

It’s not a meter
Before the fall
Escaping
From windows
In the waves
Song and sight
Longing
Longer
Miles
Unravel
Just like
Wishes
Remembered
Unfulfilled
Unrecanted
Wading wearily
To shore
In self-deception
Soaked
With faith chilled
In travel
Treading promises
Broken shells
Beneath soles
Still smeared with vanity
Cold hands
grasp insanity
Yearning
Unlearning woes
Tainted tears
In obstinance
Cloaked

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..