MUSHROOM (by Emily Dickinson)
The mushroom is the elf of plants, At evening it is not; At morning in a truffled hut It stops upon a spot As if it tarried always; And yet its whole career Is shorter than a snake’s delay, And fleeter than a tare. ‘Tis vegetation’s juggler, The germ of alibi; Doth like a bubble antedate, And like a bubble hie. I feel as if the grass were pleased To have it intermit; The surreptitious scion Of summer’s circumspect. Had nature any outcast face, Could she a son condemn, Had nature an Iscariot, That mushroom,—it is him.
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