the rock art
  of lichens

—Margarita Engle

About the author: Margarita Engle (Englefam at is the author, most recently, of The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano (Henry Holt & Co., 2006). Word Wings (Elin Grace Publ.) is a collection of haiku and short poems for children.

She is also the author of two novels as well as shorter works selected for anthologies and literary journals in many countries, in several languages. She has won numerous literary awards.


Responses to the haiku for 31 July 2003 by Margarita Engle

    Mark Eugeno (PatuissetIsland at aol dot com)
    2003-08-01 14:04:16

    the rock art
    of lichens
    Brings back memories of when I would look at lichens under a magnifying glass to study these tiny growths. And this huge bolder in my backyard that was transformed into a huge rock garden.

    H. Gene Murtha
    2003-08-01 20:07:35

    hi Margarita,

    this is lovely, am getting an image of hummingbirds
    and blue-gray gnatcatcher gathering litchen, for
    there nests.

    best wishes

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-08-01 21:10:34

    hello margarita, once again you have shown there is an abundance of haiku moments ready to be discovered.

    i love the contrast of strength, using the boulder, and of fragility, using the lichen.

    then, you present us with compatibility, that which must exist within the lichen, the co-existance between the fungus and the alga, for the lichen to be formed; akin to a subplot, then we have the by-production, art.

    margarita, yes, all in a moment, from your words, we experience this rarity in nature.

    margarita, your knowing me, you know there is the possibility of a "however".

    the rock art
    of lichens"

    with this fragmentation, i get the impression "boulder " is the "art work of the lichen".
    with an additional word or two, this misconception would be less likely to take place, and we'd truly have a turning point, rather than a continuation.

    within a package of words, their usage can misconstrue

    WEG (the_renga_master at hotmail dot com)
    2003-09-03 18:08:38

    This is interesting & i am glad to see it. However i think it would be even better either rearranged or with a bit more detail.

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-07-01 21:45:34

    piebald evening skies -
    children's grey mud
    covered hands