dentist’s foraging

anti-anxiety medication and gum-numbing injection

rainwater that softens the soil

makes it easy to pull up the mushrooms

planted in the wrong place like a cyst or tumour

tubers stuck in the earth cradled by muscles and blood vessels

a vice clamps tightly and securely around the cream-white bud

white button mushroom mycelium systems like nerves spreading through the underground 

threading together like a subterranean quilt

released full of dirt dripping with blood

a tiny nodule of calcium and enamel to be placed gently on a metal tray

to be kept or thrown away

Featured photo by Andrew Ridley on Unsplash.


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