A Hidden Cactus

Ode to a trio of scarlet flowers

Red cactus flower in northern Argentina / Photo by the Author

Poet’s note: Aren’t you always tempted to prune away the twigs and leaves that obstruct your photograph? When I spotted these red cactus flowers peeping out from beneath all those twigs, I was tempted to do a little gardening — but then the photo would no longer represent the cactus as I found her in the wild.