Stress and effort, struggle and strain,
searching for light, warmth and the rain,
pushing and thrusting through the damp earth,
nursing a desire seeking whyfor their birth.
Toiling with resolve, breaking out of the trap,
stretching out gills they unfurl their cap,
soft glowing radiance the whites shimmering bright,
they set out to spread the spores breeding with delight.
– Narendra Nayak © 2017