Her season

(Hefei starts the year of the ox)

Stretching to spring

All the leaves of lawns
beneath her toes gently bend.
Her eyes through branches smile.
In windy sorrow, passing sleep
bearing birds many miles
where she also tender waits
Sadness away with joy to sweep
the warmth to share at dawn.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is also the author of Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..