Flowers—Lines—Ice

Mushrooms

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MUSHROOMS

Overnight, very
Whitely, discreetly,
Very quietly

Our toes, our noses
Take hold on the loam,
Acquire the air.

Nobody sees us,
Stops us, betrays us;
The small grains make room.

Soft fists insist on
Heaving the needles,
The leafy bedding,

Even the paving.
Our hammers, our rams,
Earless and eyeless,

Perfectly voiceless,
Widen the crannies,
Shoulder through holes. We

Diet on water,
On crumbs of shadow,
Bland-mannered, asking

Little or nothing.
So many of us!
So many of us!

We are shelves, we are
Tables, we are meek,
We are edible,

Nudgers and shovers
In spite of ourselves.
Our kind multiplies:

We shall by morning
Inherit the earth.
Our foot’s in the door.

–Sylvia Plath 

9 responses

  1. Fantastic photos and the perfect poem. This mushroom hunter thanks you

    July 28, 2014 at 8:29 am

    • Thank you, Linda. What a nice comment. 🙂 Thanks for the visit!

      July 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

  2. DAS

    Like Linda above, I liked both the images and the words. Our weather has also been supportive of such fungal growth! D

    July 28, 2014 at 11:26 am

  3. These are gorgeous – my son will love this post – he’s obsessed with fungi at the moment.

    July 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm

  4. This is the area one of your forte isn’t it ?
    Still, I especially fascinated by 2nd and the last photos with its
    shape and the texture. = Well captured.

    July 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm

  5. It’s hard to believe that it’s mushroom time already. The summer is flying by.

    July 28, 2014 at 6:02 pm

  6. These are all wonderful, but my very favorite is the pink one near the bottom. I’ve never seen a pink mushroom. 🙂

    July 28, 2014 at 9:22 pm

  7. Absolutely lovely.

    July 28, 2014 at 11:55 pm

  8. I can smell the rich, fragrant, damp earth and find myself wanting to shrink and explore this magical world while it lasts.

    July 31, 2014 at 11:26 pm

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