The Caress

Life Is Hard In The Desert

Life Is Hard In The Desert

OUTSIDE AJO, AZ

January 29, 2017 4:19 PM

Life is hard in the desert. Water is rare, and growth is slow. So every plant has thorns to protect their precious flesh.

I stood before a tall Saguaro cactus and wondered, “Has anyone ever touched you?”

Carefully, I slid my fingers between her rows of spines. I caressed her skin. Gently. Then I pulled away my me-thing and expanded and imbued her with my essence—my love—and in my mind I felt her quiver in gratitude.

You’ll live a hundred years longer than I will. Will you remember me? Will you remember this touch?

It’s silly and new-agey, I know. But it felt good.

It still does.

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7 thoughts on “The Caress

  1. I think every living thing must feel. Right? I’ve had plants I felt sorry for when they weren’t doing well. Remember the old “talk to your plants” era? Apparently they thrived in a conversational space. Don’t we all need caring and conversation? And you got something positive from the experience. Win/Win. 🙂

  2. LOVED reading about your cactus caress Wayne. Made my day! I’m a dyed in the wool tree hugger so I can relate. I thought I felt my dad’s oak tree quiver during one particular hug.

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