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Cactus Man

Englishman / Covid-retired int'l dental salesman / Antique English glass collector / Tennis player / Granddad / Traveler (in pre- Read More
  • Joined Jul 2015
  • Published Books 63
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We remember Gerd Loser      + April 14, 2007

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Gerd died 8 years ago. We were friends.

I attended the funeral.

My choice of plant surprised some.

8 years later, its growth has raised many a smile.

Gerd’s in there – watching us.

And occasionally catching us with his spiked thorns.

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Almost a year later

My, how he has grown!

And look at all those little hands

Waving hello to everyone around

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OK, enough of the saying hello

Being here in the office is serious

Got things to do

Decisions to make

This business world is just give and take

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Winter was wonderful

Lots of friends

But wave at too many

Smile once too often

And see what happens to those cute green ends

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Couple of years go by

Now I stand high

More people to greet down in the street

They don’t hear me no matter how I loud I try

Here inside I speak to all

They hear as long I stand tall

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Over 7 years now

My how time flies

I was thinking of becoming nicer

A red rose in disguise….

Thank God I quit smoking

 

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It was a quiet winter

Now don’t do much

No coffee in the morning

Don’t go out for lunch

….Yulitta gives me regular drink

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This boredom is driving me up the wall

Same smoke alarm up here

Same faces below

They keep telling me we’re moving

I can’t wait to go

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And…..

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This was the last picture taken of me

The guy with me is Korean

Was his name Lee?

I don’t remember

Time moves on

What tomorrow brings, we’ll see

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This is my new home

They’ve given me room to grow

I love where I am

A place to settle and to show

Just who I am

And where I want to go

 

 

 

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Starting to get used to this new life

I’m on the floor

But I’m tall now

I see them

They see me

I see them smiling

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April showers

April sun

This is how we cactuses

Have real fun

We stretch, we sprout

What once was in comes out

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A week later

Seen in a different light

Stand over there

See my might

In 1 year

It’ll be 10 years since

I stand tall now

But then I shall be me

 

 

 

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I’m settling in now

Pleased to be seen

In a place

Where I feel I have always been

Had it not happened I would not be here

I think I am happy with that

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This is a weight I can take

Brian from BC a new friend I make

He’s big, I’m bigger

This you can see

He grips a book for safety

My hands are free

Nice

It’s a book about me

 

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In 4 months, it’ll be 10 years

In 3 months, they’re celebrating 25 years

They’ll all come to see me

I gotta grow

Only 6 cms. to go.

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Just a few days to go

And don’t you know

Pride of place

My own space

Surrounded by friends

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See the heart – This is love

I may be a cactus

But they know me inside

I stand tall

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Hey – What’s this?

Something’s amiss

Surrounded by smiling businessmen

Some young, some old

What can have happened?

American Eagle is sold!

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We’ve never had it so good

Bigger offices

Wider aisles

Pretty ladies

With wide smiles

How could I not grow, expand and multiply.

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What more do I have to do

To prove I am me

I am magnificent

I am proof of life itself

This is me

And I am 1 meter 90!

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Me in all my glory.

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Another Christmas approaches

All admire me

All now respect me

For I stand tall

Yulitta, thank-you

For your constant care

A shall forever be grateful

..and taller than you!

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A new decade

A time for thought? No

A time for change? Perhaps

A time to look ahead? Yes

A time to stand tall? I am

And family grows about me

A cactus from the Promised Land

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Wow! I thought you’d all forgotten me!

I see new faces, I miss some old

Changes are happening

That’s life, I suppose

But I continue to stand here

Tall, proud and content

This time Stephen came

Thanks, Stephen

Friends are important

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Haven’t seen Stephen for some time

But I’m so well looked-after

A weekly drink

A place in the light

Room to grow

People smiling every time they pass

This is my spot

From where I can see the business grow

My business…

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It’s 13 years since I came here

How lucky for me

2.72 I’m told

But I can’t be that old

I think passersby still smile at me

But the smiles are hidden

Why?

These are strange times

But I don’t know why.

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2020 – The year of the virus

For a long time

The rooms around me have been silent

The footsteps quiet

The walls without the usual echos

But I have flourished

I have spread my wings around my company

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I am tall

I am proud

I am reaching for the skies

For my people are good

They are strong-willed

They, too, know how to stand straight

Together, we shall…..

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Well, we did!

And what now?

I see so many changes

New faces from other places

Does anyone know who I am?

Outside I see no hugging

This has been a year of change

I need to move

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