(Start of summer)

Shadows lengthen (Photo: Faye Sarras)

After April rain requites
Unveiled ascending vernal lights
Shadows lengthen below the leaves
Clouds though shaken by the breeze
From all the soil, from slumbering roots
Luscious sap to heaven shoots
Caressed and cuddled by the heat
For waiting hand, sweet fruits to eat.

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..