Zombie, or: Brainchild

‘Let’s have fun, guys!’ – a d’Verse poetics prompt

Think, think
Lost in thought I
Distractedly pluck
A button

From my mind
Pop it into my mouth
Chew it pensively
As more sprout

From my brain
Pushing out of
My twisting sulci
They spread

Above my gyri
King oysters proliferate
I gather them all with

Through my cranium
Noticing orange

Of the woods
And shaggy lion's manes
Pushing through my ear

As puffballs
Balloon out across
My scalp and forehead
My beard

Full of black
Trumpets and wood
Blewits spreading up
My tender cheeks

My eyeballs
Bursting with huge
Portobellos extending
Over my face

Frustrated I
Sigh shiitake! Well, 
At least they are all


At d’Verse, we were asked to have some fun with fungi, as the starting point for our poems.

And… I can honestly say that I had fun… and I am a guy.

35 thoughts on “Zombie, or: Brainchild”

  1. This was a fun read, David, including your last sentence. Your poem reminded me of the movie, “Fantastic Fungi.” An interesting movie. Check it out and make it a week of fungi! 😆

  2. Hahaha, this is an excellent take on the prompt David! I quite enjoyed reading it, especially:

    Distractedly pluck
    A button

    From my mind
    Pop it into my mouth
    Chew it pensively
    As more sprout”

    Really sums up how trips can just get even weirder! No wonder those fungi are so much fun. 😁 Very entertaining to see the metamorphosis in this psychedelic trip, very vibrant and crazy in the imagery. I love it!

  3. That was an onslaught of shrooms David… 🙂 enjoyed the read! I am sharing this interesting fact today: A “Armillaria Ostoyae” mushroom, in the Malheur National Forest, in the Strawberry Mountains of eastern Oregon, was found to be the largest fungal colony in the world, spanning an area of 3.5 square miles (2,200 acres; 9.1 km2).

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