With life’s passions filled

in your smile
in the glass
in the bottle
from the past
captured sun
cultured sweetly
picked so gently
caressed completely
turned the earth
no more around
changed no seasons
no grapes were found
then in that moment
when all stood still
our glasses must be
with life’s passions filled.

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..