February 2022

old city sewer—
you too can be the centre
of an empire


penal colony—
a mezzo-soprano sings
with deep conviction


real or royal
a triple-peaked hill
spears the heart


I am a camera
bidding goodbye to Berlin
—cabaret night

from Robben Island
a white tablecloth lies draped
over apartheid


blossom clouds—
do the bells sound from Edo
or Tokyo?


a metonymy
of means


river of grace—
blessed are the favelas
under outstretched arms