A dewy forest of moons,
a multitude of mushrooms,
soaks in the weight of dawn.
It’s snowing spore confetti,
cheerful colour splashes:
crimson, ochre, cream and rust.
Puffballs and parasols,
ink caps and champignons,
frilly-gilled and plump of flesh,
a festival of fungi sprouting earthy fresh.
Kim M. Russell, 9th February 2021
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: Let’s have fun, guys!
Sarah is back for Poetics with a book called Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake, which she recommends as a fascinating look at the world of fungi.
She says that fungi are our secret companions, facilitating growth and communication between trees in forests, producing chemicals used as drugs (medical and hallucinogenic), able to find the shortest route through mazes, as well as making a risotto even more delicious. They also have their place in our culture – think of hobbits, pixies, fairies, Mario and Alice in Wonderland.
Sarah has shared poems by Simon Armitage, Sylvia Plath and Charles Wright to inspire us to write poems and have fun with fungi.
Image by Amy Humphries on Unsplash