Lichen

Springtime in the Rockies, Lichen (Excerpt)

BY LEW WELCH

All these years I overlooked them in the
racket of the rest, this
symbiotic splash of plant and fungus feeding
on rock, on sun, a little moisture, air —
tiny acid-factories dissolving
salt from living rocks and
eating them.

Source: Ring of Bone: Collected Poems of Lew Welch 

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