Blue Sunrise

Illustration by On On Lao, Macau

crowding from the sea
past the surf
beginning behind
stretching toward
the rear
with waking oars
not to lead
that great school
stirring the river
with no great speed
once the mountain
carved by light
through clouds
on waves
escaping night

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..