Between the rivers

(Remembering Cooper Library)

Some rivers
wind through sand
some through stone
where stacks of books
slowly bear
the casual
when students look
from valleys
to shelves high
from worn carpets
clutching papers
Some rivers
are in the mind
they flow
from youth
to nights alone
where wind
wears down
the casual
in lines
that wait
for morning’s

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