Poem ideas come from anywhere. I was reading a TED talk article “9 ways mushrooms could drastically change the world” after seeing the poem prompt to write about rebellion or revolution and thought, Why not take a stab a mushrooms! This draft is a rhymer and playful, but has a serious message—like an elementary children’s program. I can see the kids on stage as talking mushrooms.
‘Tis Mushrooms and their natural might might save us
From fertilizer festering underground,
Depleting beneficial precious phosphorus,
That makes our food nutritionally sound.
As is known, the global pop is rising.
By century’s end—a little less, no more—
When food demand has reached its highest limit,
This needed resource will exist no more.
In steps, now, the teeny tiny mushroom,
Whose roots absorb the phantom phosphorus.
Plant them in multitudes throughout the wide world
And see how healthy life becomes for us.
Agarikon’s been shown to combat smallpox
And defeat the virus causing flu.
If you’ve a beef with insects, hail, the mushroom,
Attracts and kills most bug infections, too.
Mushrooms turn cardboard boxes into forests.
(Made with rich fungi as well as growing spore.)
Add soil, tree seeds, and water to the mixture,
Sweet timber will be abounding once more.
Fashionista’s swear by mushroom leather.
It’s free of methane gas and supple, too.
Worried about your interned body spewing toxin?
A mushroom burial suit is just for you.
Let’s take a lesson from the humble mushroom
And start a mycelium revolt, please!
I’ve read if we finance mushroom research
There’s hope that we might even save the bees!