When I went to prune
The limbs, groom the hairy,
Disheveled sprigs, I discovered,
High in a crook of the apple tree,
A slight, soft armpit hollow,
Or the tender back of a knee,
A solitary mushroom growing there.

What an obscene little phallus,
White, erect, exquisite, its round
Head a button for a king’s mantle,
The stem curved precisely
As a girl’s peduncular leg,
The underside delicately gilled,
A sea creature undulating
Along the bottom of the Pacific.

How did the spore find
This remote place, improbable
Shangri-La perched on the Himalayas,
Miniature utopia for mosquitoes,
And thrive on the smallest
Measure of light, soil, moisture?

I’m sure there are many more
Arcadias, vast, impressive landscapes,
California sequoias more majestic,
Requiring greater awe, eyes wide,
Mouth agape before the sublime.

But who am I to fell this timber,
Slice it and fry it in butter?
Delicious! I’ll magically shrink
Myself into this pixy forest
And when the sun is harsh,
Loll in its shade awhile.