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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Artichoke

An artichoke grew
on his spiny plant.
He looked for a friend,
but none were extant.

Once a worker
walked his way
but he kept walking
on that day.

The artichoke wanted
a friend to play
but everyone
just walked away.

Folks thought him spiny
and way too sharp.
They didn't remember
he has a tender heart.

      I love artichokes.  Do you?  Don't you just wonder how they were ever discovered? 
     Do you have friends like the artichoke?  They are rough and prickly on the outside, but very tender at heart.  I had an aunt like that.  She always seemed so stern, but inside she was very kind.  It just took getting around her sharp barbs to get to know and love her.  So today's challenge is a tough one.  Can you write a poem about this person?  What did you do to get around the sharp points?  This would be a good poem to start with notes or brainstorming first to get all the details down. Remember to use your five senses.  Try writing a free verse poem.  Have fun.


  1. Thank you, Carol.
    Well, not GREAT, but passable and it gets the job done. I'm grateful for your support. And, I did want to share the idea of an artichoke with kids.