And dream

Freshened by the dew (Photo: Faye Sarras)

Kept awake two abreast
not every leaf is new
For in eating is the test
Freshened by the dew
Not just apples bitten
Nor just cherries plucked
Hanging within fingers’ reach
Asleep to dream, to touch a peach

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.