Till night did fall

Two gulls on the wall
Webbed feet in cool air wading
Paired and peering
Waiting cats and fish evading
Wings then stretched, chicks to guard
Two gulls hiding did not call
but whispered gliding
until night did fall.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is also the author of Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..