Today's poem is by Sarah Hannah
Destroying Angel (Amanita virosa)
I'm way in, way in you, Mushroom
Membered in your harem,
Shirted in your morning veil,
An eager moth at your light,
Your curtained lumens,
All laid out in bridal white.
How did you come to be
Hatted and ruffled,
I was studious, at peace;
I was minding my own business.
You thumbed right up and nudged me.
It was dawn. The leaves,
The intractable roots of trees,
Gave way; the violets stood
And watched. I tripped and fell.
I am still falling.
This species, like many others,
Can grow to sizes far exceeding the normal range.
You don't need me;
You reseed easy as winking.
The circles loosen and descend,
Pale rings that shudder into powder,
Sifting through the forest floor,
Gaining footholds in the light rain,
Thrones of betrothal accruing,
Until I am envelopedeloped
In a one-way promise, bespoken by a spore,
No time for a proper wedding
A quick note posted home,
"Am sluggish, having visions":
The snails are hungry and thronging;
Everyone wants a piece.
Copyright © 2004 Sarah Hannah All rights reserved
from Longing Distance
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission
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