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Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part Two: Nature

XXV


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;        5
And yet its whole career
Is shorter than a snake’s delay,
And fleeter than a tare.
  
’T is vegetation’s juggler,
The germ of alibi;        10
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        15
Of summer’s circumspect.
  
Had nature any outcast face,
Could she a son contemn,
Had nature an Iscariot,
That mushroom,—it is him.        20

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