Night Blossoms

(from Carmel to Essen)

Reach aching eyes

Tough tones
escape from buds
from solemn soil
Rough colours
reach aching eyes
from tenuous moments
While songs
relief would gaily
Labour rich
absorbs all strength
Musical sounds,
like whining cats
like whispering goats
Challenge sleep
Challenge hopes.
Not one moment
of birth deplored
life and longing
joy restored.

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..