Theophilus Kwek is the author of three collections of poetry, They Speak Only Our Mother Tongue (2011), Circle Line (2013), and Giving Ground (2016). He won the Martin Starkie Prize in 2014 and the Jane Martin Prize in 2015, and is President of the Oxford University Poetry Society.
In the firefighter’s dawn, a waking jolt
Shook a scientist’s needle in its bracket.
Our storm-flensed heaven made no sign of rain.
We went about our business, unaware
Of what would come of that discovery
While somewhere unnoticed, a faithful eye