Cactus Man

Cactus Man
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Older than time,
that's what I am.
Sand at my toes.
Wind through my hair.
I am Cactus Man.
Time is but time,
and I see what I see.
I am Cactus Man.


Hot is the sun.
Birds come to nest,
Wind through my hair,
and all of the rest.
I am Cactus Man.
Here I have been,
tall in my days,
to gaze at the world.


Tired arms stretching out
to tell this big world
it is love
gives us life.
I am Cactus Man.
Old am I now.
Stiff, gray, and spare.
Not I nor love go away.
I am Cactus Man.


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PADDYBOY60 3 years ago from Centreville Michigan

Let me be the first to tell you that this is an awesome poem. Well done My friend.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Patrick (Paddyboy) - Well, sir, you are indeed the first. The poem began when I remembered that one of the cactus guys in my bunch of Arizona desert photos reminded me of an old man. Doggone thing must have been hundreds of years old, in that the living green sajuaro can get to be more than just 100. There it was. I just put words into its mouth, provided that it had a mouth. :-)

Gus :-)))


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Wonderfully written. I love cactus.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

"WND" (wetnosedogs) - Me too. (except when I am bitten by their ever-present sharp needles. Glad you like the poem.

Gus :-)))


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

I love cactus, Gus. I also love this poem.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Howdy BP (breakfastpop) - A love for cactus can be short-lived affection. My oldest used to call the stuff "cascus." That seemed to fit nicely the time I grabbed one and it grabbed back. Nice of you to enjoy "Cactus Man." He sure looked the part that time I snapped his picture, didn't he? Time to eat now. See you at the table.

Gus :-)))


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Nice photo, Cactus Man, but you ought to think about getting your hair trimmed. Just a little off the top. :)


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Good Doctor bj (drbj) - As to that hair trim, the advice came too late. The trim is permanent.

You know, when I scanned Cactus Man to get his digital portrait safely put onto a file, I thought that he'd make a pretty good image for my buddies on HubPages - and, with the exception of HubPages when I snapped Cactus Man's portrait out there near Tucson, I saw those imploring arms on that zillion-year-old skeleton and thought much the same thing. Love that desert. Problem was, like over to the northwest of Tucson (way south of Phoenix) around Ajo, the roads (what there are of them) and the desert are a big highway for the illegals. Drive on the highway and you have to dodge out of the way of speeding border patrol cars and trucks. Lots of big sajuaro over there. I'll get into those pix bye and bye, much deeper in the pile of pix that I'm digitizing.

Did you notice that Cactus Man was smiling. That's because his home was so dry that he did not have a bladder problem as do so many men his age. :-)

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Good Doctor bj (drbj) Meant "West" of Tucson, not northwest. Sorry about that. Got lost in the Indian reservation, I guess. Same like the illegals.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Howdy Everyone - Interesting how I misspelled "saguaro" in the several of my reply comments. The pronunciation would be the same with the "g" or the "j," but it is the "g" that provides the correct spelling. Sorry about my mistake. Chalk it up to good looks over good memory. :-)

Gus :-)))


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Hi Gus,

I like Cactus man

he gives us a hand

spreading the word

love is the world

P.s. I baked the chocolate pudding cake recipe and it turned out great.

So rich, but I should have had some ice cream to go with it. Kathi :O)


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Howdy Kathi -

Everyone is supposed to like my buddy, Cactus Man. :-) Glad I am that you are one who does.

Nice to know that you made one of those fine super-chocolate pudding cakes. They surely are good to eat, like you say. Kinda special the way the thing makes its own chocolate sauce, isn't it? Good stuff.

Kinda like cactus without any thorns. Look up "nopalitos" in the cooking places on the Internet (unless you have some Mexican food cookbooks kicking around the house.) They are also good eating - made from the "blades" of the prickly pear cactus after you remove the stickers - but some are specially cultivated to not have stickers...

Gus :-))


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Gus,

Great saguaro photo. I liked the message that love is timeless. It truly is no matter how "stiff, gray and spare" we might get. UUB votes and sharing.


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Howdy Peggy (Peggy W) - Thanks for the kudos. They are much appreciated - those and the sharing. Thanks. Yeah, the message is straight from our centuries-old buddy, Cactus Man. He's seen it all... Hey, even the folks who run the Saguaro National Park liked Cactus Man. One never knows who will like what, but he's really their main guy, right?

Gus :-)))


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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Good stuff! Great message, Gus!


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA Author

Howdy Monis Mas -

Well, I was sitting here wishing I could get some MORE MONIS today. sometimes a person can wish for something and that old Internet thing delivers. :-)

Glad you enjoyed Cactus Man. Like in the words of that old vaudeville song, he "may be old, but he's available." See, even back in the 1890's folks had hear of Cactus Man.

Have fun today, Aga !

Gus:-)))


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Monis Mas 3 years ago

Hahaha! You always deliver, Gus! I hope you can get some more MONIS, but the real ones!

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