Before the flood


In line standing
lamplight flickering
ink-spots fluttering
on leaves of autumn
on petals of spring.

In lines of grass
by footsteps pressed
shallow roots
lay asleep.

From summer weary
through winter’s repose
by topsoil held
but nourished by the soul.

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..