Cactus 321

Among three other cactuses

A leaf does grow

But as the others split off

This leaf is stuck


Wrenching and pulling

The cactus leaf

Sharpens its spines

And looks for escape


It needs a reason

To snap off

It needs

A reason to leave

The “original” cactus

So at the first chance

It doesn’t even look ahead

It snaps off and is carried

By the wind

To a new land


Settling down

In this new land

It wants to be

A better cactus

But it only knows how to grow

One way

And so it does

And the cycle repeats

With two cactus leaves


They grow together

Both with a different perspective

On life and how to live out

Their feelings

Towards their “original” cactus


When they see the chance

When each feels his own

Scent in the wind

A chance of freedom

He snaps off

And tries to make

The best of his life

In the only way he knows how


One settles down

And does not grow

A single leaf


The other settles down

Grows a leaf

And does his best job to raise it

In a better way than the cactus before him

But he did grow up

With that cactus

And it did


His reactions

And how he does things


The single leaf


Is happier than

The leaves before it

It’s not

Yearning for

A strong wind

To take it

Far away

Its not

Sharpening its spines

In an attempt to escape

But just like the leaves before it

It has a long memory


It thinks that

It is high time

For this broken record

To stop playing

So it turns around

Looking at the cactuses behind it

And tells them all

To shut up

But cactuses don’t have ears

Do they?

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