We grow from the deep.
We are the descendants of stars,
archaea, bacteria, eukarya,
children of the soil united
in mycorrhizal ecstasy
shedding spores, leaves, seeds,
the bitterest of chemicals
and most beautiful artworks.
Last fruits of this world.
First fruits of another.
‘Fruits of Annwn’ is a kenning for mushrooms. This name reflects the symbiotic relations between the human and non-human, Thisworld and Otherworld, from which myths grow like fruiting bodies of fungi from underground mycorrhizal threads. By recovering old stories and dreaming new ones, by questing the deep wisdom of Annwn, I strive to reweave the ways between the worlds. This blog explores the intersections between Brythonic mythology, polytheism and spirit work, nature, science, and our current crises. May these fruits be good fodder for the next world.
Lorna Smithers is a poet, author, awenydd, Brythonic polytheist, and devotee of Gwyn ap Nudd. She has published three books: Enchanting the Shadowlands, The Broken Cauldron, and Gatherer of Souls. She is a co-founder of Awen ac Awenydd,moderator for Polytheist Monastic, member of the Way of the Buzzard Mystery School, and for Gods & Radicals. Based in Penwortham in North West England she gives talks and workshops, performs poetry at local events, and is learning Welsh.