Hard beginnings

Chaste and hardened seeds (Photo: Faye Sarras)

Till the earth moist or dry
Shaped by ages‘ questions
Raging tempests parents seized
Trunks and limbs in morbid breeze
Against an impatient clouded sky
Bending, worried, waving gestures
Shake the chaste and hardened seeds
Unknowing why to future deeds.

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..