The ways are clear for us to walk
up the vales of L’Ivrogne
to tarry by a fencepost
while tethered cattle look on
the heat, the flies, the brilliance
of the white Ochrolechia thallus
sorediate in places, something quite routine
a form from the Caribik, is what we have seen
Carefully collected, numbered 29185
preserved in East Lansing for everyone
A particular piece of Soufriere that catches the noonday sun
the fencepost crumbled fifty years along
by the Cacao orchard on the way to Fond Doux.
The forms that surround us, we do really see,
we have to set a syllabus to educate us in them
the form is just once off, not another thallus within arms reach
a white mysterious crustose Ochrolechia of the Caribik
for our curiosity. The concept is mid century and was Lecanora before.
Context is supplied in Cuba by Wright or Guadeloupe by Duss
that is what Vainio wrote in 1915 I hope, but this hypothesis
must be read again, revise up on the history his worry said
Looking back, maybe someone in future will see how to group this,
another, maybe three, in a logic framework that we can all use
if we can perceive the soufrieriness of thee
For hail Brodo, it is a white sorediate crust, only one can you be
that a whiff of creativity is appropriate to solve the mystery.
Comment by Althea Romeo-Mark on March 25, 2013 at 6:35am
Interesting poem. I do feel like I am on a journey with you, a little exploration of the natural environment to see what it has to offer us and tell us. It takes us on a botanical and historical journey, and yet manages to have some rhythm and rhyme. I think it could be edited to give it more shape and form. Break some of the longer lines, but do not break the rhythm.
Ok. I admit that you made me look!
I “googled” Okrolechia.
Regards, and thanks for all the assistance, this year.
Have a great New Year