Friday, June 5, 2015

Early Lesson--By Eleanor Michael--United States

Early Lesson

Outside a house
where I lived
when I was six,
a bed of cactus grew.
Flat green pads
in the rocky soil.
Long before
beautiful yellow
flowers appeared,
I’d learned
about spiny thorns.

Eleanor Michael has published poetry and short stories in a variety of venues.


  1. Yes - my little son lived the hard way as well. The worst were those little hairy ones!

  2. You soon learn the lesson Eleanor !

    An enjoyable read!

  3. Hi Eleanor,
    I really liked this poem and yes, there are many thorns in life but we do find the
    flowers bloom as a result. Cactus have the most beautiful flowers and I have lots
    of them and succulents. It is a delight when they do bloom.
    Kind Regards,
    Yvonne Sparkes

  4. This is a beautiful work of art. Life is full of its various thorns, but every once in a while we get to enjoy the blooms that come from these trying times.

  5. Hi Eleanor. Nice write. I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!


  6. Eleanor, I truly loved this well written, delightful poem that can surely be applied to life in general. We experience the bad so we can appreciate the good. Cacti do have lovely flowers. thank you for sharing your talent.

  7. Eleanor,
    Sometimes childhood mistakes are helpful in shaping the people we are today.
    Your friend,
    David Fox

  8. Thank you, everyone, for your kind words for Eleanor. I agree that this is a wonderful poem. I will send her your comments. Thank you, Eleanor, for sharing your gift of words and for your ongoing support. So great to have you a part of Whispers.