Not in prayer (Photo: Faye Sarras)

Not in prayer, wings folded
Scratching earth, merely molded
Little leaps, describe the gait
descended birds for food they wait.
Not in sleep, do they appear
Nor from the deep do they emerge
Dreams of flight softly feathered
Soon alight like love untethered.

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.