Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Prickly Poem

Hedgehog cactus, by Ron Niebrugge
Laura Purdie Salas, poet and picture book author, regularly hosts a 15 Words or Less poetry challenge on her blog.

The prompt featured on February 7, 2013, elicited this charming response from Cathy Ballou Mealey:

The blossom of the hedgehog flower

makes dainty-footed insects cower.

They turn away and grimly mutter

“I’m sure that nectar’s spiked and sour.”

Has the creativity from either of these wonderful poets sparked your imagination? Drop them a line and make their day.


  1. Aww, Joanne. Thanks for sharing the hedgehog flower poem! I actually had zero recollection of writing for that prompt, and I am so grateful that you reminded me. Must keep better track of little poems throughout the day!

    1. 'Glad to help. Your verse makes me smile each time I read it. I guess it's good for both of us that I found it among my bookmarks. Thanks.


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