I saw two men holding hands, in broad daylight,
in public, as only lovers do. I stopped and stared
as one stops and stares
at spring’s abundance,
lakes of rippling daffodils, plains richly green,
as one stops and stares, entranced by beauty.
Athol Williams is a South African poet who has published three poetry collections and had his poems published in literary journals in South Africa, USA, UK, France, and Sweden. He has been awarded the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award twice, won the Parallel Universe Poetry Competition at Oxford, and been runner-up for the South African Literary Award for poetry. Athol holds five degrees and is currently a research student at Oxford. You can check his website at www.atholwilliams.com.