Yushui

(Rain Water)

The leaf to care (Photo: Faye Sarras)

Not yet ripe the fair
Not just for the leaf to care
In each cup, however made
Earthen syrup, cloud nectar meets
Ancient water lightly boiled
Collected drops from years of toil
To the pots and petals cling
As bees do buzz and birds do sing.

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..