The flower you see below is on a cactus plant on our neighbor’s house across the street. In all of the five years we have lived here since coming back from Mindanao, we had never seen it bloom till yesterday. Today it had already wilted.

Cactus flower

It sort of reminds me of things ephemeral, like chocolates from abroad that come in big shipping boxes from a relative far away. You eat up all the chocolate and remember the taste for weeks on end.

I remember this flower, and I thank my camera I was there to shoot it before it died.

Once in a well, lifetime

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