(for Hongfei)

Shielded by imperfect walls

Folded among the leaves
Breathing past eras
Emboldened by peace
Finds valor its repose
Shielded by imperfect walls
Nurtured in each crease
Emerging unbroken
To passionate purpose.

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..