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๐— ๐˜† ๐—š๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜…๐˜†

๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฐ



Nightโ€™s canopy dares me to steal away,

Rebellious, jumping that forbidden fence

To gather prized morels, their strong, distinct

Intensity appealingโ€”curious

Excursions undertaken secretly.


Morchella have a symbiotic, deep

Relationship with trees, though unalike,

Attachments that help growing things survive.


An alien has been observing me.

Whereโ€™d you come from? What made me unafraid?


You plucked me from Earth, softening my limbs

In chemical light. I became your mate,

Lit from within, like mushrooms that can glow

In darkness, bioluminescent, strange

Befitting me, the beams igniting flesh.


Your not-hands cup each curve, warm, tenderly,

With extraordinary skill, hoist me

To not-lips that emit erotic sounds,

Transporting me to heights Iโ€™ve only dreamed

About โ€˜til now. My skin looks new but pruned.


Was this your planetโ€™s purification,

My intergalactic, suave gigolo?


One moment floating through thin air

Together, wrapped in not-arms, weโ€™ve escaped

Through time and space, strong currents pulling me

Along. But then youโ€™ve vanished utterly.


My knees kiss forest soil and, fingertips

Away, green glowing fungi grow, as if

Predestined. โ€œJust a dream, a fantasy!โ€

I thinkโ€”except my thumb capโ€™s been tattooed,

Gold runes encircling it like a ring.



Native New Yorker LindaAnn LoSchiavo, a Pushcart Prize, Rhysling Award, and Dwarf Stars nominee, is a member of SFPA and The Dramatists Guild. Elgin Award winners, "A Route Obscure and Lonely" and "Concupiscent Consumption," are her latest poetry titles. Forthcoming: "Women Who Were Warned" by Cerasus Poetry [May, 2022] and a full-length collection in hardcover by Beacon Books. She has been leading a poetry critique group for two years. Her Texas Guinan film won "Best Feature Documentary" at N.Y. Women's Film Fest (Dec. 2021).

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