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Linda Hamel

About this Christian Poet:
My home for the past several years has been Ontario, though I was born in the U.S. and spent about 10 years in Latin America. I think I have always been fascinated with language. I studied literature and linguistics in university, wrote a little poetry as a young adult, and then turned my attention to Christian ministry pursuits and raising a family. When I started writing seriously again, I "resurrected" this poem which I had attempted many years earlier.

The Lichen

On the wind-raked mountain
only those things grow
that nature has made low.

Proud-crowned heads of forests—
hemlock, spruce and pine—
cede at timberline;

but lichen, creeping upward,
find the summit-stone
and drape it like a throne.

Copyright©2002 by Linda Hamel