time for picking

Western Giant Puffball (Calvatia booniana) found in Telluride, CO.
Western Giant Puffball (Calvatia booniana) found in Telluride, CO.

Leaves are falling
from nearby maples
as bay nuts pound
the forest floor.
I invite you outside
While the ground is still wet,
An enjoyable practice,
adds kick to your step.
Into the forest
where mushrooms began
too make their journey.
From the bottomless pen.

From underneath the soil.
They push and toil,
They knew they could
Through leaves and wood.
Five inches high,
And side to side.
With their chin up
And shoulders spread wide
Their spores start dropping
From beginning to stopping.
Yellow and slimy
small and brown
a community of mycelium
that forms a large town.

Dormant through summer
now refreshed by the rains.
The forest floor
Will never be the same.
It’s time for picking.
step outside
beautiful fungi
have arrived!