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Mycelium Flowering

What compels me to sit and write…

There are facts, studies, but what is the “push”?

Inspiration. Breath in.

Expiration. Breath out.

Could it be that simple?

Gills, breathing in, breathing out

a mushroom, a flower

bursting upward from the earth, overnight

flower of that forever linked being.

Streaming thoughts

a swimmer

breathing out, breathing in

forces herself toward the surface.


Toward dark, toward light

not stumbling, not stopping

breathing air in the earth, air in the sky

All of this, and yet, I am still asking,

what compels, below and above?

What is the “push” unseen?

*Translated from Anishinaabe, as cited by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Braiding SweetGrass, p. 49), puhpowee refers to "the force which causes mushrooms to push up from the earth overnight." Kimmerer’s source for puhpowee was Anishinaabe ethno-botanist Keewaydinoquay, reporting on traditional uses of fungi.

About the Author

Linda LaDuc has been writing poetry for six decades. In her work she weaves together philosophy and science with life experience.



Thank you for honoring my favorite wild culinary/healing plant. Love to hear more about it from Keewaydinoquay or other local with those specific credentials !


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