Playing with death

Demise in Toyland

Forget your youth you two
fallen angels, broken dreams
granite, concrete, horrid scenes
waking, stretching arms at night
silent clerics foster fright
for whom the faith is
dare not ask, Mary,
too afraid at last.

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..