Dongzhi

(Solstice sense)

From the tips hanging (Photo: Faye Sarras)

Young and old watching
On the edges waiting
From the tips hanging
tempted by temperatures low.
Raising their eyes
Moderating their sighs
till the breath from the skies
brings them nutritious snow.

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..