Moscow Tea

(for Muni)

In lamplight gleaming

gently from the ceiling
vibrate the words
that light the feeling
that cool the vapor
in tea tears steaming
your cheeks, your hand,
in lamplight gleaming
was it real
or only dreaming.

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..