Feel free to walk any woodland path
Until you see tell-tale rounded cap
Never sure what specifics will be:
Gilled, shelved, clung, lurking; short, tall, or wee.
Indispensible kingdom cousins.
Many times shy, they hide their planetary-matted panorama;
Not brutes like fauna nor flashy like flora, fruits their brave flower.
Quietly they act as finisher; then begins’ ways they pave.
Their mycelium network’s faster than any signals from radio,
networked unicellular mats’ tree-talk will amaze you:
chemical impulses as flags to feed, protect, repel as mother.
Faunal arrogance alone barriers egalitarian inclusion belief,
fixed that our unassuming kin are unworthy of appreciative consider.
Like the cap on the lens of a camera, let us unveil umbicili,
effect reconciliation with workhorse roots of our world family tree.
Difficult to dispute that without them, Earth would be barren;
yet, our hobbled modern brains register but pretty killers and food.
Let’s seek ancestor guidance and become receptive to old/new paths.
I saw phenomenal zoom lecture a few months ago through the Irish Botanical Gardens on fungi and learned a lot. Last night I watched this netflix documentary and am further informed and inspired:
As an Acrostic Plus poem, the message is revealed by reading the first letter of each line of the first stanza and the last letter of each line of the second stanza.
Lillian is today’s host for dVerse’ Poetics. Lillian says:
I challenge you to either write a poem that in some way relates to a puzzle you’ve been faced with, or includes the word “puzzle”; or try your hand at an Acrostic; or extra points if you write an Acrostic Plus!