Hunqing

(Celebration)

Through the cracks (Photo: Faye Sarras)

Not wet the pavement
Not yet the great event
Pushing through the cracks
Showered by silken tissue
Beneath the breaking buds
In the shade perhaps sleeping
A sheet covers her waiting toes
At the other end her eyes peeping

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..