Arboreal Rain

Held by late autumn earth (Photo: Faye Sarras)

Droplets cold, not frozen
Fall on days not chosen
Held by late autumn earth
from clouds no longer waiting
Vessels ancient and modern
Fields of joy and woe
Plowed in seasons past
Indifferent tears, latent snow.

Wei Santang is a scholar born and educated in the Far West in the second half of the 20th century. Faye Sarras teaches English and records the activities of plants from the mountains to the garden to the kitchen. Faye and Santang are the authors of In Solar Terms. Read other articles by Wei.