by hands really human
sterility feigned
virility gained
by lands and wages seized
behind hygiene’s mask
hide merchants lethal
their latex pretext
larceny grandest doth ease.

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..