Thirteen Faces of the Fall Chanterelle
by Sam Temple
Squat, under a Viney-Maple,
bursting with orange…
the Fall Chanterelle.
Pine needles mound;
perfect little rolling hills
cover the forest floor,
Chanterelles are coming!
Her eyes shine bright,
the excitement of the hunt.
Five buttons in the bottom of the bucket…
Quick movement out of the corner
of my eye;
squirrels like Chanterelles too.
Buzzing becomes the only reality
as another bees nest has been disturbed…
There are many perils
involved with Chanterelles.
Closed eyes bring forth
images of fields,
orange and extended,
as there are more Chanterelles in this patch
than anyone has ever seen.
A cold sweat follows.
A blackbird sits high
on a Fir limb,
lookin' like a muthafucker in the club,
below him, a Chanterelle.
The scrambled eggs smell divine
when one cooks them with a fresh Fall Chanterelle.
I throw a steak knife
with a barbeque brush duct taped
to the handle
into an old bucket I drilled holes in the bottom of
and toss it into the back of my 1984 Nissan 4x4.
Today I find Chanterelles.
The smell of musk fills the air.
A giant pile of bear scat
next to a Chanterelle.
Three sets of tracks lead into the undergrowth,
cut butts jut up from the floor,
someone already found
Stopping by a dear friends,
I leave with them my treasure…
three pounds of fresh