every tear
the earth has shed
every tear
where it bled
rapid rivers
salient shivers
soaked her breast
with history’s stains
slipping only,
losing caution,
stretching more
than imagination
in accumulation
need not
our inspiration.

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..