Poetry Friday: Shroom-ku!

In an effort to encourage her Facebook followers to engage in some creative writing, author Jane Yolen recently shared a time-lapse video post of toadstools sprouting. It was beautiful, amazing – and, indeed, inspiring. So I thought I’d share the haiku I wrote as my response to the challenge…

flames burst forth, spatter
dull forest floors; flowers, sprites
claim undue credit
– © 2018 Matt F. Esenwine, all rights reserved

By the way, I have been neglect in mentioning that I am once again a first-round judge of the annual CYBILS Awards‘ Poetry category! This means that not only am I charged with narrowing down the 60 or so nominated books down to a shortlist of SEVEN…but I also have to find the time to read as many of those books as I can. So if you wonder why I haven’t been making the rounds on Poetry Friday as much as I usually do, it’s simply because time is so precious and scarce these days.

Speaking of neglecting to mention things…I’m also taking part in Tabatha Yeatts‘ annual Winter Poetry Swap, a sort of poetic Secret Santa type of thing, in which Tabatha gives each participant the name of another, and that person has to write a poem for the person and send it to him or her, often with a small gift. I’ll share the poem I wrote here, once I know the person I sent it to has received it – probably next week.

And speaking of Poetry Friday…for more poetry, be sure to visit Liz Steinglass’ blog for today’s complete roundup!


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14 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Shroom-ku!

  1. lindabaie

    I used to go mushroom hunting in our forests with a friend ‘expert’. I still don’t trust myself to know what’s edible. These are amazing, and it is inspiring to imagine fairies round them no matter the truth. I like that word ‘spatter’, Matt!


  2. That is an amazing video. I’m fascinated by the variety of toadstools and mushrooms that appear each fall. Just realizing I have no idea what the difference is between a toadstool and a mushroom…hmmm… At any rate, I like your “flames” bursting forth–great images!


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