Tuesday, August 9, 2011

On self-defense

Today it was a cholla that taught me to defend myself
  to grow nettles if need be to ward off intruders
  to twist and curl away to avoid more demands on my time

If I could, I’d plant that cholla
  next to my work table
  and hang a sign around its neck
  Beware: ferocious intruder-eating plant

I don’t know much about the cholla
  except that it's part of the cacti family
  and I’ll bet that mine has a reservoir
  an internal font of Gatorade
  of plasma and electrolytes
  that hums as it flows up and down
  through arteries and veins

“Protect your vital juices,” she told me
“Keep them far below the surface lest they evaporate”

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