On Em’s birthday,
An awesome,
Once in a million lifetimes
Occurrence occurred.

A mushroom spore took hold
And grew
With stout health in my
Succulent pot.

Enhancing the beauty
Of its terra cotta home,
It is Em ‘s being that caused its being,
Doing what neither you nor I could do.

Now we wait for Em’s act two,
For the wee folk to arrive
To party,
To dance,
To sing,
To slug down some cheap ale under the fungus cap,
To frolic, to romp, to cause a ruckus
To celebrate with Em, the power
Of a wish.

Charlene James
Amissville, Virginia
June 4, 2017