Finding trees

apparent
desolation
deserts appear
absent
vegetation
densest
population
cities appear
scarred
by habitation
freed
from forests
reduced to sand
blossomed
in concrete
sun-parched hands
in the cold of night
the desert flowers
mistaken for trees
the city’s towers.

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..