Proprietary Water

(No deposit, no return)

Who will the wells
from misfortune,
Mischief unnatural
protect?
For whom do toll
One need not ask
They till the years
Sow the fears
And reap the tears
In anger swell
At wasted toil
Births so still
With senseless sorrow
Plastic bottles filled
With heavy water
Bearing grief
Until until until
Those wells
Their guards
Release.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket in Heinrich Heine’s birthplace, Düsseldorf. He is also the author of Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa (Maisonneuve Press, 2003). Read other articles by T.P..

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