Can you find a rhyme or reason for mushrooms?
Can you even define them
the fleshy spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus
that’s Wikipedia for you.
Do mushrooms appear after it rains
in the autumn
when there is a dead tree
after fairies have danced?
A colony of fairies must live in my yard.
Fungus we are told is an underground tree root communicator
some people can tell edible from poisonous
toadstool denotes the latter
I would never try!
mushrooms light up the forest
white cream yellow orange red
one day a little ball
the next a full umbrella
or other fantastic shape
maybe a clumped colony
or something that looks like ocean coral
on the forest floor on a dead tree
higher up where you don't think to look
some tiny unremarkable
others dramatic showy
look at the size of that thing!
They vanish quickly.
Fungi appear to be (mostly) friends of the forest
our friends too
in ways we do not yet fully comprehend.