Napa binds the Douro

For Rita

Way to moments

In the wild wine of the world
The way to moments
Without worry
Washed by sunlight
Leaves protect the heart
Roots sometimes sleep
Then unexpected
Buds break
From the deep
Hands start to work
Feet will wander
Grapes for bottles wait
Hearts bound to keep

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..