Estrangement

past
a flower
passed
a tower
lower
than my eye
could see
after
walking
through
the door
ceaseless
talking
ever more
looking
at the stones
by chance
gave
my mother’s
grave
no more
than a glance.

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..