Not to be Dismissed

Open faces smile
Thumbelina toadstools stand
concave ruffle-tops.

Beatrix Potter’s
imagination inspired
her careful drawings

Of shape and color
exalted mycology
fungi, mosses, spores.

But a woman? No!
Linnaean society
mistrusts her science.

Now Kew Gardens note
millions more species exist
comme il faut fungi

Fairylands repose
beneath our shaded eyes
helping plants survive.

Poem and Photo by Margaret Koger

Margaret Koger is a school media specialist with a writing habit. She lives and works in Boise, Idaho, writing poetry to celebrate the web of life. She has published in Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, Friends of Acadia Journal, Animal: Writers in the Attic, and Tiny Seeds Literary Journal.