fluid adhesion

(the dustbin of history)

barnacles
to ships’ hulls
cling
moss
on stones
unrolled
sing.
cups
thoughts viscous
taught but tenuous
understood
in effort strenuous
do hold
tipped
from the past
ripped from the old
turned
on their heads
the thoughts
remaining
true from false
the drops
restraining
slipping
dripping
down glass walls
fluid adhesion
that’s memory
called.

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..