domestic construction

an engineer
and no one’s
a mechanic.
Trains and planes
plugs and pills
to power
and to entertain.
Polls and prols
have never mixed
Poor elections
are forever fixed.
When the engineer
his thinking done
then the mechanic
wields his gun.

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..