Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A Poem by Kelley White

Among Us
Famous Fungus

ergot stewing in the rye
bye and bye
old moldy orange
blue green cheese
sick little mousey nibbling
what she needs
we do not dread
moldy bread
chilling penicillin
in the frigid air

what flew into
Alex Fleming's window:
mycelium invading culture
medium agar/agar
staph and pneumo
no more
at that door
Nobel blue green gold
near 100 years old
a preserved specimen
of his mold just sold
for near 15,000
dollars on
the auction

Pediatrician Kelley White has worked in inner city Philadelphia and rural New Hampshire.  Her poems have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Rattle and JAMA.  Her recent books are Toxic Environment (Boston Poet Press) and Two Birds in Flame (Beech River Books).  She received a 2008 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant.

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