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We of the Fungi
“There are thousands of little mosses and fungi that
are seen mostly as unsightly objects, but when seen
with the eyes of a poet, they become radiant of
beauty.”--Henry David Thoreau.
Welcome to the Kingdom of Fungi.
My name is Malcolm Mushroom.
My best pals are Timothy Toadstool,
Marion Mold, and
We denizens are often
misunderstood, and often
survive unnoticed. Our colonies
range from microscopic to mammoth.
You think you know us, but believe
me, we have secrets that predate
recorded history. Until recently
Botanists considered us to be
plants, but actually we are of
a separate kingdom from both
plants and animals, and we lean
most toward animal characteristics.
We are complex co-creators.
We are the principal decomposers
of all organic materials, and ecosystems.
We, kind of like you, are heterotrophs--you
know, incapable of making our own food. We
are unidevourers, liking to chow down on both
plants and animals. Our love-life is both sexual
We are whelped
from 3.8 million species,
and you have only studied
and labeled 148,000. That leaves
a lot of mystery between us. Some of
our more fecund varieties secrete psychotropic
compounds. The hippies and philosophers really dug
us, like pigs and their truffles. We consider our
selves triple erotic, but we are told we
We can tolerate that some of us
can be a food source for you,
but like any of your other neighbors,
we can be friendly, or
we can kick your ass.
So don’t forget
We of the Fungi,
thriving beneath your feet, wish
you the best of health.
Posted over at d'Verse Poet's Pub