Every day, a photograph, a poem. This will be my resource photo for a July Doodle prompt today. I took the photo after being grabbed by one of the spines while hiking up a hill overlooking the Memorial Day ceremony— to capture the moment in all its honor for those who have served to protect our freedoms.
A note about a vote today: One wonders, though, about the GOP vote AGAINST expanding health care and benefits for toxin-exposed veterans. One would think they would support our living veterans in their time of need. [Who said no? Newsweek]. Republicans are a prickly lot: they poke their spines into everyday people’s needs.
But, this picture is one of nature’s beauty, prickly though it is– and the Prickly Pear Cactus is edible!
Just take a look at Alan Levine’s public domain photos of the prickly pear cactus fruit and his jelly.
Yes! Jelly! From the cactus!
And see it spread on his bagels!
I wrote a silly poem about that jelly too:
Who knew the prickly cactus dandySheri Edwards
blooming in spines can be like candy
in a jelly spread just fine
on a bagel— no more spines!
Low to the ground
in desert’s way
Spines that poke
sharp as glass
grab at you
as you pass
But in the springSheri Edwards
To late May
in brilliant displays.
Thanks to Alan Levine @cogdog for the Public Domain photos on Flickr.
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Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts/Media Teacher ~~
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