protection

when it rains
what stops
the flood
where it shakes
what holds
the mud
when it’s late
when it’s late
for whom
to pay
how much
more
in peace
to stay
behind
the screen
meshed wire
hides
the hand
holding
desire
trusting
law
with all its charms
collecting
if need be
by force of arms

Green gates of gold (São Paulo)

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..