Towards End

of the Raj
of the road
of the reign
or of the load
right alone
to write alone
all that under
light hath shone
of the dancing dead
by accountants read
profits measuring
in turn
while untallied tallow
quickly burns
their well-fed corpses
eat more
they could
but their plates too
are made of wood.

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..