(minor cold)

Longer grow the lights (Photo: Faye Sarras)

Longer grow the lights
Shorter show the nights
Time that uncounted waits
Challenges unsurmounted still
Grain and pain in harvests
Beneath the secret soil abound
Crickets greet the cranes in chorus
Spring ambitions lay before us.

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..