Pray to the Moon when She is round,
Luck with you will then abound,
What you seek for shall be found
On the sea or solid ground.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Wandering: Earth Tongues & Dark Omens

one careless pass of my hand
bowled you over.
from the trees
a cacophony of ravens erupted.

blackened lizards' tongues,
misplaced ears of a fae hare;
we should have known
what you foretold.

what fools.
we witlessly said,
"Well, that was weird."

Members of the genus Geoglossum, or the Black Earth Tongues are generally small, dark, end-of-autumn fungi. They usually appear with cooling temperatures & will last late into the season if they are not adversely affected by freezing. All species grow saprobically on soil in, or in the vicinity of small grasses or mosses. They are easily recognized by their elongate, slender shapes; their silhouettes ranging in form from rabbit-ears to pestles to cotton swabs. All of the Geoglossum are dark brown or black, with smooth surfaces & can only be identified at the species level by microscopic examination of their spores. They are delicate, pleasant fungi. However, my limited experience with them has also shown that they may portend both unpleasant news & events.

Dark, diminutive fungi, the Geoglossum. Pictured here, perhaps G. fallax.


White Moon Witchcraft said...

Very interesting! I've never seen these before, but maybe they don't grow here. I really like the poem too.

Moma Fauna said...

Well my dear, because I am obsessive about my beloved fungi, I looked for you. According to the Mushroom Observer database, there have been sightings of several of the Geoglossum in Ontario. I think I counted 4 over the three pages of results.

But after what happened to us, perhaps you don't want to find any. ;)

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