just in that second
you feel that
that tension
that to a subtle gag
could turn
in thought
that instant
comes with age
I should have chewed
more slowly
so not on life
to choke
not on the food
nor on words spoke.

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..