Great and short

(Simple dignity)


Some films, books, kings, crimes
an island piratical
with finance fanatical
Great like war all these may be.
Trades and memories
for wealth elastic,
Meet not this short life
nor quench its great love.

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..