Trunk line

Resting after reaching ledges (Photo:  Faye Sarras)

All aboard, a distant call
Rails through life, just a cable
Wooden cliffs form the edges
Resting after reaching ledges
Told the distance to traverse
Ascent or descent well enabled
Night is no time to converse
Steep in sleep, silence falls

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.