Poetry, The Daily

Prickly Pear

clump of prickly pear cactus in full waxy, yellow blooms
on Flickr

Daily Note

Every day, a photograph, a poem. In late May and June the prickly pear cactus bloom in these lovely bouquets that one dares not touch. If you do, the little “buds”– the fruit part just fall off– with the spine stuck in your finger! Ouch! Still– they are lovely, and supposedly edible, but if you read this article— it’s a whole lot of work! It’s official name is Opuntia fragilis in our area. Here’s a map of where you can find it.

Prickly Pear

In late June the hillsides flare
with waxy blossoms aglow—
in yellow, ground-hugging bouquets;
Hike the hill, but do go slow
of prickly pear spines: beware.

Sheri Edwards
10.25.22 300.365.22

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