Frozen focus

In distant views (Photo: Faye Sarras)

Grass crisp covers the ground
Stems gasp above the soil
Weighed by winter water
Wait those thirsty roots.
Another season chilled
Passes on mountain wind
Spring’s still sleeping petals found
In distant views where trees abound

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.