Yellowfoot

In mid October porcini mushrooms
have been eaten by the slugs;
there are no yellow chanterelles;
it’s even late for hedgehog mushroom;
their pale faces would
shinel against the pockmarked soil.

In mid October we can no longer
casually browse the wood for mushrooms.
we have to search and bend our backs;
we have to pass our fingers over
sodden leaves to find the yellowfoot.
and if we find one, we look closer
and we will find the next
and then another, and another
and soon the paper-bags are full
and afterwards we know that there are
mushrooms for the winter soups.

Kim hosts Poetics at dVerse and wants us to write about an object or something that you connect to autumn. The mushroom I refer too is a relative to the chantarelle, and delicious.

October 17, 2017

26 responses to “Yellowfoot

  1. I wish I had your knowledge of mushrooms. I’d love to be able to go out in the forest and forage but I’m not confident enough to do so, at least not for mushrooms. Berries and fruits, no problem. But not mushrooms.

  2. These mushrooms sound delicious and it is great when you can pick them freely – we have a Scottish Wild Mushroom Code and restrictions which vary from forest to forest.

  3. Great poem … and how apposite. Just spent two weeks in Czech visiting the son and his finance … and had several great days gathering mushrooms in the forest.

  4. We found some field mushrooms on a walk the other Sunday and I took a couple of pictures. But I’ve not had the pleasure of finding anything more interesting or exotic. I love the way you describe mushroom picking in the lines:
    ‘In mid October we can no longer
    casually browse the wood for mushrooms.
    we have to search and bend our backs;
    we have to pass our fingers over
    sodden leaves to find the yellowfoot’.
    I could hear faint echoes of Seamus Heaney’s ‘Blackberry Picking’.

  5. Chantrelles are gone here and the last Amanita Muscara too ( not that I’d pick those…but they are beautiful to look at and photogrpah) Lovely poem and I’m sure the soup will taste good.

  6. Enjoyed this little step-away from pre-packed modernity. A rambling search for Yellowfoot mushrooms, ending in homemade soups. Delightful!

I try to reciprocate all comments. If you want me to visit a particular post, please direct me directly to that post.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s