tempestuous tasting

illustration by On On Lao, Macau

Sharks
in porcelain seas
do churn,
in junks
the weary crews
do yearn
this ocean
steaming
in spoons
gleaming
tea’s typhoon
unsweetened
to survive.

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..