Within light shadows stood
orange colors, specks of white,
mushroom in the woods.
Inedible or edible,
bad or good to eat?
Is this extremely poisonous
or a tasty treat?
I don’t know the answer
and I’d rather not be dead,
so I think I’ll get my mushrooms
from the grocery store instead! ~ms
My mom always bought mushrooms, because she liked to toss a few in when she was making spaghetti. So when I saw little white mushrooms growing out in the yard one day, I picked a few and brought them into the kitchen, thinking she would be happy to have them (since I was only about 6 years old, I didn’t know that some mushrooms are dangerous to eat).
Needless to say, she wasn’t happy to see me with a handful of unidentified yard mushrooms. She yelled in a panicked voice, “Oh my God. Did you eat any of those?”
I said, “No…I just thought that….”
Before I could finish, she interrupted— “These are probably poisonous! Do you want to die a painful death? Only people who know what they are doing can touch mushrooms. Go wash your hands right now and don’t you ever do this again!”
A lot of time has passed since then, but I still remember her stern warning. Last year when I saw a glorious orange/red mushroom in my yard, I took a photo instead of pulling it out of the ground. And then, I searched through many articles online looking for an identifying photo. I have come to the conclusion that this is an Amanita Muscaria (Fly Agaric)—a poisonous psychoactive ‘magic shroom’ that is sometimes used in shamanic rituals and ceremonies.
Whatever the case, don’t worry mom. I didn’t eat this mushroom, my camera did!