Spike

Long and sharp,

the best spikes are.

this one was

just a bit longer

sharper than

surrounding spikes,

its precision point ,

protruding proud,

protecting its plant,

guarding its future

What creature would

risk its sharpness

To capture seed

ripe red fruit alluring

spike ready to impale

Hungry whiskers and teeth

held at bay

Overwhelmed by grasping fingers

Blood drawn

But fruit picked and consumed

Spike broken and gone

Its sharpness embedded for a moment

then discarded

Its work done

Its memory endures

My finger still hurts

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Spike

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