This isn’t like a convenience store

Photo Credit: A  bioluminescent jack-o’-lantern mushroom found in Pisgah National Forest, near Asheville, N.C. Credit Mike Belleme for The New York Times Inspired By: Hunting Mushrooms, and What Makes Some Glow in the Dark  

Do you not know

some of them glow?

Can’t you find

in this darkling time

the beauty in the rot

the secret, hidden spot

where luciferin and its -ase

combine so slowly, if you please

with oxygen to generate

the chemical energy you seek

of luminescent, twinkling ‘shrooms

brilliance hidden, ‘til new moon

beckons questers such as you

a basket in hand

with mushroom man

stumbling down trails

at the speed of snails

loathe to risk a little light

veiling eyes from the sight

of mycorrhizoid synergy

that beckons gentle foraging

now ended in sodden defeat

back towards home, turn your feet:

“You can’t always get what you want when you want —
This isn’t like a convenience store.”



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