Mushroom Season

MUSHROOMS
by Sylvia Plath

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.

 

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1 Response to Mushroom Season

  1. Shaharee says:

    On the Bay Islands (Honduras), when they’re not sure if the fish hasn’t been exposed to the ciguatera bacteria, they try if first to feed to their cat or look if the ants come to it. In previous times they tried it out on grandfather. I suppose that the learning curve about the mushrooms went through a similar process.

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