Sunflowers

lower
your eyes
slower your ties
to sifting sands
from sacks of time
cooling tiles
covering smiles
in bedrooms
granite walled
fleeting in the dark
of dried winter
before the weeping spring
blossoming
in the tears
of tired summer
and the seeds
of the sun
flower.

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..