December 18, 2020
Photo by James Cornell

Christmas Cactus
A Poem by James Cornell

Our Christmas Cactus
Burst into bloom today
Three days before Thanksgiving
It has always liked
To strut its stuff
A full month before
Its naming day
This hardy plant
Nearly a decade old
Loves to bask in the sun
From early spring
Until just before
First frost arrives
An initial nip of
Cold one night
Awakens its inner self
Leaves green up
Tiny red buds appear
Begin growing rapidly
Each day
Suddenly overnight
They explode with
Red and white
And will now grace
Our holiday table
Lending brightness and cheer
As we close out
This awful year.

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