Cathy Shao

A Cactus Dies - Poem by Cathy Shao

A cactus blooms in spring

Yet dies in summer

The cactus still looks green on a lovely summer morning

Yet there is a strangeness that the owner notices

The cactus leans on the pot side

Just like an elderly falls down on the roadside

A rescue is needed

A napkin is on the cactus thorns

A surgery is to be on


Too late

The surgeon sighs

The napkin is lifted

A big rot touches even the surgeon's eye

'There is no hope now"

The surgeon says

'The inside of the cactus has rot"

The rot is like a big mud pool

A terrible sight

'Who is the cactus owner? "

The surgeon asks

'How do you treat the cactus daily? "

Then the surgeon remembers something

She herself is the owner

She feels sorry

For herself and for the plant

Then she thinks

Whether she should keep the pot when she throws the dead cactus away

A cactus opens ten flowers in a spring day

On a summer morning it passes away

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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