(Yuanyang jian)

Borne bravely upon the stage (Pula, Istria)

Sleek the feathers polished shine
Borne bravely upon the stage
Meek the fondness to love expanded
Pledged immodest at young age
Torn the breast where it was captured
By weathered pain, by withheld tears
Yearning southward, burning inward
Two swords, two deaths, too fears.

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..