Temple stone

(for Shanshen)

Just one temple lies (Photo: Faye Sarras)

Fish on wind from clouds do swim
Scales reflecting in the morning
While birds below deep puddles fly
between them just one temple lies.
Wish the waiting rain to pass
Dripping through the ancient roof
Sipping wine in cups of glass
Tales reciting in early evening.

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..