The Chinese New Year always starts with a new moon, in 2019 this was on the 5th of February. After the winter solstice, days begin earlier and last longer and by the time of the Chinese New Year there already is a feeling of Spring. To celebrate this pristine time of the year I wrote the following lines.
The moon is new the sky in haze and shorter is the night
Before the dawn a single call then many birds unite
The branches are but dimly seen then comes the morning sun
And makes the hamamelis shrub a canopy of light
Jan Kellendonk aus Bedburg-Hau