Feral fright sustains the trance (Photo: Faye Sarras)

Youth quite solitary views
With no tone too loud
Behind leaves to hide
Grass too thin to linger
Feral fright sustains the trance
Alas no cove to take retreat
Approaching night covers chance
Until dawn curiosity renews

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..