sna poems #124: waupun park maple forest

waupun park maple forest is a remnant old growth southern mesic forest. set in a county park, the wood is dominated by sugar maples, with a mix of oaks and linden, walnut and ash. a lack of shrub growth and abundance of spring ephemerals suggests the continued health of this forest.

this was at the end of our day, so it was a shorter exploration than it might have been. but beautiful trees and so much fungi—late summer mycelial riches.

a.

the sugar maples

up from earth,

mushrooms brown and orange

b.

the skull’s dark pits gaze

on nothing,

but souls all around

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