Christmas Cactus
Author: Capricorn


She faded before Yuletide
-- left me orphaned.
I adopted her favourite cactus,
brought to cheer her
in the dreary ward,
took it home to nourish.

Trapped by mourningís rut,
I neglected it.
Grief eased; I found the plant
desiccated, like my core.

Wilted with guilt
I teased encrusted roots
from unbroken earth,
pampering it with fresh soil,
water and good food.

To my surprise, cerise buds
now tip verdant leaves.
Itís spring -- and late
for Christmas Cactus blossoms.

She nurtured me all her life
-- Iíll bloom again soon.

------- Author's Notes -------

A poem about my mother's death


Comments on this poem/writing:

Bipedalguy ( -- Monday, October 23 2006, 10:04 pm

This reaches me.

Your beautiful words remind me of my own mother, and her recent, and very sad passing. She raised lots of Christmas Cactus. She would plant a leaf and it would take root. I think it was her favorite plant. I may know how you feel. I miss her.
barb ( -- Monday, October 23 2006, 10:55 pm


I missed your talent in writing your thoughts. very good cap. sssssssssssso touching.
Capricorn ( -- Tuesday, October 24 2006, 02:41 pm

Hi Bipedalguy

So sorry to hear of your loss. Yes I remember now how Mum planted the leaves and grew plants for others. I am not as 'green-fingered' as she was. The feeling of loss does ease with time ... but never goes away.
Capricorn ( -- Tuesday, October 24 2006, 02:42 pm

Hi Barb

Thanks Barb ... and I have another one nearly finished!
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