Via sancta

That sacred serum

Faith fantastic
in truth elastic
pilgriming piously
by sun or rain
devout and docile
in joyful pain.
On bended knees
and hands to crawl
through business ruins
medium and small.
That sacred serum
soon to fetch
from vials elected
with arms outstretched.

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..