Poetry

National Poetry Month Selection: “The Lichen We”

 Hello Everyone !

Here is a selection from Ubiquitous by Joyce Sidman, a volume that highlights “Nature’s Survivors”. Enjoy!

The Lichen We

(after Siegfried Sassoon’s “Man and Dog”)

 

Who’s this—alone with stone and sea?

It’s just the lowly Lichen We:

the alga I, the fungus me;

together, blooming quietly.

 

What do we share–we two together?

A brave indifference to the weather.

A slow but steady growing pace.

Resemblance to both mud and lace.

 

As we now, so we shall be

(if air clear and water free):

the proud but lowly Lichen We,

cemented for eternity.

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