Beastly Rescue


Without warning I was ambushed.

Twelve feet tall with needle claws,

leaving me pinned in my tracks,

sprawled beneath the monstrous beast.


Help, rescue me from the claws

which holds me prisoner

threatening to pierce my skin

if I make the slightest move.


Away with it was the response.

Send it outside right now.

It’s outgrown the house

Can’t give a home to each one that comes along.


I couldn’t find it in my heart

to condemn it to the out of doors

as surely that would be the demise

of a cactus in these northern climes.


Author: Jasper Hoogendam

After 36 years as an educator my career ended due to a TBI. Renewable energy as part of 'walking lightly on this earth' has been and continues to be my interest since my teen years. Since early 2015 I have been learning to live with ABI (Acquire Brain Injury). I don't want to let my ABI limit the goals I set for myself. I'm living with a different brain, not a lesser brain. In sharing my day to day successes and struggles, I am better able to understand how my life had changed and begin to accept the change. In sharing my experiences I'm hearing from caregivers and fellow ABI's. I'm encouraged when my experiences are helping others understand some of the complexity of living with ABI.

4 thoughts on “Beastly Rescue”

  1. Yes, we choose to give grace even in difficult relationships. (On a side note, the Orthodox Christian’s perspective is that there are three important relationships: our relationship with God, with other persons, and with the physical world. We should personalize all of creation – even rocks and rivers – and bring it into our “family” – our relationship with God and other persons. I guess in your situation, your cactus is part of your family.)

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