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Mushrooms - a poem by Mary Oliver


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#1 weallgoboom

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 11:48 AM

One of my favorite poets writes about one of my favorite subjects:

 

Mushrooms

 

Rain, and then
the cool pursed
lips of the wind
draw them
out of the ground -
red and yellow skulls
pummeling upward
through leaves,
through grasses,
through sand; astonishing
in their suddenness,
their quietude,
their wetness, they appear
on fall mornings, some
balancing in the earth
on one hoof
packed with poison,
others billowing
chunkily, and delicious -
those who know
walk out to gather, choosing
the benign from flocks
of glitterers, sorcerers,
russulas,
panther caps,
shark-white death angels
in their town veils
looking innocent as sugar
but full of paralysis:
to eat
is to stagger down
fast as mushrooms themselves
when they are done being perfect
and overnight
slide back under the shining
fields of rain.


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#2 Apg8219

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 03:04 PM

That's a lovely poem! Who is the poet?



#3 444

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 06:00 PM

Thank you for sharing this. It reminded me of one of my favorite poems.

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#4 SkateFastEatAss

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 07:16 PM

I'm not usually one for poetry, but that was nice.



#5 smokinCannon

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:25 PM

Nice (possums don't pray).




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