After eight
there we wait
two quite simple
fingers Dimple
Pages turning
Candles burning
From both ends
Pigeons placed
fly between
rising, settling
on the knees
forgotten moments
drip from the trees.

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..