poetry and prose about place

in the shelter of the covered bridge – lichen garden

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April 14 2016 'lichen garden' Jane Tims




Pont Lavoie (Lavoie Covered Bridge)

Quisibis River #2



when the end-post

of the guard rail

splits and rots

the broken space

makes room

for rain and pollen

dust and autumn


other detritus


spores find encouragement

and lichens grow

Cladonia cristatella

uniformed in red

Cladina, blue-grey

reindeer lichen

and pyxie cups


lichens ageless

bridge not meant

to last forever



Copyright  Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

April 20, 2016 at 7:00 am

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  1. Lovely poem! Recently my husband and I were driving down one of our favorite scenic roads. The road is lined with stone walls, some crumbling and old, others more recently built and still intact. And the woods are full of rocks. I’m not sure if it was the play of sunlight but they seemed to be more covered with lichens than we ever noticed before. We wondered if it had something to do with the weird winter we had this year. The natural world is ever-changing and is forever at work reclaiming the material we’ve borrowed to build things like stone walls and covered bridges…

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    Barbara Rodgers

    April 21, 2016 at 8:10 am

    • Hi Barbara. There are some locations where lichens just take over. I remember climbing to the top of Eagle Rock here in New Brunswick and there were so many lichens it was like a frosty fairyland. Jane


      jane tims

      April 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

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