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Prickly Pears

Clustered cactus trees sprawling, reclining in the summer heat where agile pollinators dart among gorgeous silky blooms. Day by day the prickly pear fruit swell and mature. Already the mind conjures visions of red, magenta, pink, yellow and white.
thriving on spring rain deep-rooted fantasy mellifluent desires
Experience has shown that the best time to pick prickly pears is early morning before the sun’s rays become too hot. A steady half turn with thumb and forefinger gently releases the ripened fruit. The bucket soon fills up.
dewy prickly pears at break of day impotent thorns
Rinsed under running water, the fruit waits to be disrobed. Both ends of each fruit are cut off with a sharp knife, followed by a long vertical slice along its body. The thick skin is then peeled back, the fleshy coloured fruit revealed.
prickly pears in a glass bowl naked temptation
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Contest: “Haibun” Sponsor: Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer ©17th July, 2017

Copyright © Paul Callus | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 7/21/2017 9:06:00 AM

    Oh I do enjoy Haibun, and this one looks amazing, while reading beautifully. You've managed to capture everything. Very nice indeed. I'll tweet when I'm next on. Cheers, mate.
  1. Date: 7/21/2017 8:52:00 AM

    Great write Paul, Basho would have been proud to display your Halibun among his works. I know that the way you have written it is a Japanese discipline in itself but I would like to be bold enough to say that your piece is a great Haiku within a poem. Oh! and aren't the flowers of the prickly pear cactus beautiful - love the part about the agile pollinators and the naked temptation in the glass bowl. All the best in the contest...Maria xx PS Oh! I must fave this.
  1. Date: 7/19/2017 4:47:00 PM

    I just love this form Paul, and your poem complements it so well.
  1. Date: 7/18/2017 11:25:00 AM

    Excellent imagery, metaphor, etc., flowed well and I can see those cacti brilliant in the sun. A great Haibun.
  1. Date: 7/18/2017 9:29:00 AM

    A superb halibun poem, Paul. Very deliciously described. Techniques used: enjambment, eh. Okay, lol ... fabulous poem, Love and joy always.
  1. Date: 7/18/2017 8:39:00 AM

    - I do not know this fruit, Paul - A wonderful poem, really great written - Good luck in the contest - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 7/18/2017 3:44:00 AM

    Very cleverly done. The cactus ficus is very popular in Malta. Mind the thorns though.
  1. Date: 7/17/2017 7:45:00 PM

    This is fabulous. Such a unique subject, and tha haibun form fits perfectly.
  1. Date: 7/17/2017 7:32:00 PM

    Very well written. You just gave me an education on prickly pears. I wish you all the best in the contest!
  1. Date: 7/17/2017 7:14:00 PM

    Very WOW indeed. Never even knew they produced fruits, let alone have different colors. Beautiful write, Paul, and good luck in the contest :)
  1. Date: 7/17/2017 6:20:00 PM

    Wow Paul , you really did show that! Very well done. Good luck in the contest :)