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A Cactus Flower in a Vineyard

Updated on November 26, 2011

A shocking flare of effervescence

Like the flash from a Polaroid

The bulb imprints on my optic nerve

Searing lightness lingers

Between illumination and blindness a rational, authentic radiance

Something hard to comprehend

When hope and inspired wistfulness create an image that isn’t there

Or maybe it was

Ever so briefly

Stinging the consciousness

God’s imprints, like a preview to a new release

Pairs of opposites try to reconcile their disparity

Futile as a cactus flower in a vineyard

And yet potential draws and holds us hostage

For longer than it should

Because we think it’s a jigsaw to be solved, ever so cleverly

As if we were truly focused

Like we think we’re not

The missing piece would fall into our outstretched hand

Glowing in illuminated wisdom

A grand voila

Though comical to the dispassionate

Their knowledge of fervid pain of their own

Tempers their judgment; the only rational path

Parallel illumination through different paths

Intersecting only briefly, but not intended to linger

A magical understanding

A beautiful storyline

Resonating imperfection in all its shimmering greatness

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    • Gerg profile imageAUTHOR

      Gerg 

      5 years ago from California

      WanderingFool - it's just how things are to me. They are a dichotomy. Having spent time in the dusty desolate southern desert landscape, it's always a surprise to see a splash of color - a reminder of the vibrancy of life that is always there, even when we can't see it at first glance. I agree about resiliency - we are far stronger than we realize. Thank you for your comment!

      G

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      WanderingFool 

      5 years ago

      "What I love about flowering cactus is its resilience. They just seem improbable against a seemingly unforgiving landscape."

      Incredibly powerful comment. To what do you owe this incredible insight? Resilience is an extraordinary quality. Something we all want, or want to hold on to.

    • Gerg profile imageAUTHOR

      Gerg 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks Max - what I love about flowering cactus is its resilience. They just seem improbable against a seemingly unforgiving landscape. Again, I appreciate your support!

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      BeyondMax 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      As much as I appreciate the wonders of duct tape, I absolutely adore cacti in all forms and colors, add poetry to the mix and I am trapped for life. Look how that magnificent, impossible, spiky alien inspired such an incredibly thoughtful, meaningful poetry! I found myself wondering around the mysterious labyrinth of lights and shades, consumed by the myriad of thoughts even I, myself, can't quite comprehend on the first take...

    • Gerg profile imageAUTHOR

      Gerg 

      6 years ago from California

      Thank you, Klara - I haven't played much with poetry; this was my first attempt. Fun, on an intellectual level.

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      klarawieck 

      6 years ago

      Though comical to the dispassionate

      Their knowledge of fervid pain of their own

      Tempers their judgment; the only rational path

      I love those lines... you're right. Those who are not part of it will never understand what a relationship is made of. What do they know?!

      An odd match but somehow it made sense to you.

      Beautiful poem. You have a real gift!

    • Gerg profile imageAUTHOR

      Gerg 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks Dad, and I agree. I plan to play more with poetry. You should give it a try - you're pretty talented with words, and with expressing yourself....

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      Jackwms 

      6 years ago

      Well Greg, it appears you have some good followers. So, how about some more of this talent. I know you might not want to openly reveal the emotions and feelings that led you to write this, but these are often the basis for good writing.

    • Gerg profile imageAUTHOR

      Gerg 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks W20 - I appreciate your comment!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wonderful read this morning and a very pretty cactus.

    • Gerg profile imageAUTHOR

      Gerg 

      6 years ago from California

      Thank you, Movie Master and maven101. This was fun - mining mental images and meditating until the right word comes into focus. In this, I found strength and resilience out of a difficult situation. I will be digging more into both of your works, particularly poetry.

      Best, G

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      maven101 

      6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Interesting palette of prolific prose...like the cactus flower, emerging into a world that is unprepared for its clandestine beauty...

      Voted up and interesting..Larry

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I hope you do write more poems Gerg, this one is a gem!

      Best wishes MM

    • Gerg profile imageAUTHOR

      Gerg 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks Dad, carcro and jhamann. I don't normally write poems. Like with many, I think it's more interesting not to interpret them for others (even though there is one for me), because each person can see something different within the words. Linguistic impressionism.

      I'm intending to do more of them, to see what happens. I definitely appreciate the encouragement!

      G

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      6 years ago from Reno NV

      Gerg-Excellent poem. Thank you for the great read. I voted you up and some extras.

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      Paul Cronin 

      6 years ago from Winnipeg

      Cactus flowers are amazing and they defy creation, beauty out of thorny, great hub!

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      Jackwms 

      6 years ago

      I like it. I frequently wonder about the particular feelings and emotions one has prior to writing lines like this. It's very good.

    • Gerg profile imageAUTHOR

      Gerg 

      6 years ago from California

      Thank you, anupma!

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 

      6 years ago from India

      Nice poem!

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