love’s bravery

(SBL)

when does youth
end
before the rolling
rage of years
spent
retreat
before the cooling
passion
the drying tears
vitiating
tenderness
exaggerating fears
or can a voice
in ancient caverns
concealed
Joy’s echo
through the night
waken deathly sleep
with the laughter
of life’s choice.

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..