The Prickly Pear Blues

By Cricket Rohman

(Mentioned in the novel, Letters, Lovers, & Lies)

A prickly pear is a cactus,

A prickly pear has fruit,

So red and sweet and juicy,

With a rooty-toot-tooty-toot-toot.

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Throw away that éclair

Eat a prickly pear

But handle with care . . .

Of the thorns, please beware.

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The fruit of the prickly pear

Comes in handy when feeding a group.

Inside the fruit you will find many seeds.

Those seeds can thicken your soup.

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Don’t need silverware

Or even a snare

‘Cause the desert will share . . .

A prickly pear.

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A prickly pear is a cactus,

A prickly pear has fruit,

So red and sweet and juicy,

With a rooty-toot-tooty-toot-to