|Bushy beard lichen, usnea strigosa|
The Eaters of Death
Scarcely a day’s rain
and the white mushroom emerges jubilant
above the crackle of dry leaves,
opening wide to the light.
On the broken branch, the “dead” branch,
the lovely jade of Bushy Beard lichen, usnea strigosa,
grows riotous, joyful for this moment,
green flowers alien and graceful, exquisitely turned.
The dying tree hosts lichen of all colors,
shapes and textures rivaling Picasso or Matisse.
This is Death in the forest! What ecstacy!
This is one end of life’s continuum,
one tip of the see-saw, wheeee!
“We gobble up Death, it’s our specialty,
it’s where we love to live.
Give us Death and let us create,
regenerate, revive, renew!
We’re eaters of Death, alive once more,
and eager, eager for YOU!”
December 29, 2013
Meher Baba Center
Read about the 20,000 edible forms of the lichen usnea.