As Pedras de viagem

(for R)

Ancestral Stones

wind to the North
sea to the West
joined by the road
paved for the test
curves and slopes
your limbs must master
tyres slow, thoughts flow faster
ancestral stones
that route will guide
the speed with which
your soul will glide.
Leave your doubts
as to destination,
each mile holds
your fascination.

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..