Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Who knew such a magnificent flower
could emerge from the prickly pear cactus?
The courage of that flower to grow
past all those needles and claim its place
in the Springtime world.

There is a blossoming that comes
from getting through the prickles.
We sprout past thorn fields
of our own weaponry to reveal
blossoms of true selves.

This is Nature’s invitation.
Once you’ve made it through
all those spurs and daggers,
gone beyond your sharp-tipped disguise,

Share your nectar with the world.