Death by poisonous mushroom must be a harrowing way to go, because you don’t die immediately. Rather, you feel worse and worse, and no doubt realise at some point that you have eaten a deathcap. However, by the time you start to feel ill, it is too late.
Emily Dickinson’s Poem About Mushrooms
By Emily Dickinson
The mushroom is the elf of plants, At evening it is not; At morning in a truffled hut It stops upon a spot.
As if it tarried always; And yet its whole career Is shorter than a snake’s delay, And fleeter than a tare.’
T is vegetation’s juggler, The germ of alibi; Doth like a bubble antedate, And like a bubble hie.
I feel as if the grass were pleased To have it intermit; The surreptitious scion Of summer’s circumspect.
Had nature any outcast face, Could she a son contemn, Had nature an Iscariot, That mushroom, — it is him.
Mushrooms in Hayao Miyazaki Films
Food is important to Hayao Miyazaki, and mushrooms are an important part of Japanese cuisine, so naturally mushrooms feature heavily in his animated films.
Mushroom and Toadstool Shade Umbrellas
Header illustration: ‘Periwinkle Painting the Petals’, by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite 1923