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Christine Grecsek placed third in the adult category with her poem, "Mycology." Recorder/Trish Crapo

Christine Grecsek placed third in the adult category with her poem, "Mycology." Recorder/Trish Crapo

“Mycology”

“How much do you love your life?”

whispers the mushroom ledge.

Orange above, deep yellow below,

its tree-fitted crescents are

deeply pleated.

Overlapping thick lobes of lips

mouth its name:

“Sulfur Shelf”

(or so you hope.)

Approximating Autumn’s leaves,

these bright ridges cluster low,

Parasitic —

invisible roots sapping treelife from tree.

You could walk away.

Instead, you carve slabs,

exposing spored hearts,

and with this harvest,

leave the damp forest

to October’s lustre and decay.

Three books

abrim with pictures and dire warnings,

confirm as nearly as possible

the name the mushroom spoke.

“Sulfur Shelf”

Can you trust this spongy earth cousin

and the abetting words of books?

“How much do you love your life?”

hiss the sunset-shaded strips

dancing on hot buttered griddle iron.

You close your eyes, in anticipation or contemplation,

weighing your answer against

that which is speared on silver fork tines.

“This much” you avow,

chewing October’s secrets

And you swallow.

Christine Grecsek

Adult third place

Sunderland

Adult Poet

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