Does the sea like jasmine smile


praça do comércio, Lisboa (Photo by Dr. T.P. Wilkinson)

a slow boat
I do not know
Twas west away from
the noonday gun
almost the last
‘board a catamaran
speeding fast
a train on stilts
across the sea
toward portals
I did not see
until more west
much later
on a distant day
the unseen, untouched
on platters lay
scents and sense
around me wafted
words and wishes
so well crafted
brought me China
gave me tea
to think and feel
a slow boat
to be.

Ruins of Sao Paulo, Macau China

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..