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Beware the Sly Mimics of Spring by Maria DePaul


Mushrooms emerging From saturated ground Mist bearing shoots Scatter faintly Among tree roots Chirping echoes above As other nests Are feathered Crocus peaks out Through remaining Scattered icy traces Chrysalis spinning On softly greening limbs Cloudy dreams forming May soon come true Chartreuse froglets Multiply high and low Curious young things Explore bright colors Lured by scents Returning from deep Within the Earth But straying far Extracts a high price Beware destroying angels Bewitching mimics Fool the untrained eye Sampling newly emerged Saprophytes which Seem like treats Yield a death cap Toxic though tempting Such smell and taste Transports its victim To another realm Never to return




Maria DePaul is a Washington, DC-based writer whose poetry, prose and reviews have been pushed extensively in print and online, most recently in Haikuniverse, Haiku Journal, Poetry Quarterly and Three Line Poetry.

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