We have a palm tree near our front porch. I hate it because it bites. It has spikes: long, sharp, pointy needles that rip skin and clothing. But for a short time, it also does something beautiful. Then it turns messy, and makes me hate it all over again.
  1. The pods
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    They're sturdy and from six- to twelve-inches long. You could conk someone on the head with one, and it would hurt!
  2. They begin to open
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  3. Reminds me of wheat
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  4. Or cauliflower
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  5. A sea plant
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  6. It's lovely
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  7. The flowers dry
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    Pollen and dry husks go everywhere. (This is pre-dry stage.)
  8. It's hard to dislike something that can look so beautiful.
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  9. Today I cut off all the pods
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    And took them apart. I think it looks magical inside.
  10. It's so compact and precise
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    And it feels like rubber or silicone.
  11. But then there are those needle-spikes ...
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    Look at those things!
  12. But, look!
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