Adventure maiden (Photo: Faye Sarras)

How a thousand petals hold
dripping dreams, grace in gold
aqueous where feelings float
solid treasures held remote.
By the roots, seized in season
cut, cleaned and fried in reason
Picked the sprouts in vessels laden
Collecting seeds, adventure maiden.

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.