Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear cholla (Cylindropuntia bigelovii)


My name suggests
embraceable, but
arms that seek
to cuddle me will find
a prickly reception.

I am a lesson grown
in sun and sand that
a name can bear deception.

©Susie Clevenger 2015

14 comments:

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Delightful, esp your use of personification.

Kim Nelson said...

Oh, indeed it can! We had hundreds of these near our last house. Stinkers, for sure!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Absolutely beautiful...! Stunned by the vivid use of personification :D
xoxo

Ella said...

So, clever! Yes, you nailed this one...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Good one, kiddo!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

A very neat poem!

Björn Rudberg said...

Never ever hug them.. I recall those ones.

Jim said...

I've not seen this kind of cactus, Susie. I lived in El Paso for five years but none there that I knew of.
Quite pretty though.
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Magaly Guerrero said...

Prickly, aren't we. I've never seen this delightful teddy bear who speaks so warningly in your poem, but you've captured his voice so well... that I feel like we've met before. ;-)

Gillena Cox said...

nice one; thanks for stoppin by to read mine

much love...

rlavalette said...

I know this is true. I once dated a total bitch named Joy.

hedgewitch said...

This one feels like it just jumped from your pen, Susie, perfectly formed, and with a kick at the end that won't quit. Not only looks can be deceiving.

Vandana Sharma said...

To me this poem has a great indepth meaning. isn't life itself a deception? .

grapeling said...

oh, well done. those spines are *nasty* ~