Do you ever find yourself thinking that humans are the scourge of the earth and they are ripping it apart? Or maybe that if we humans weren't around nature would thrive and survive in a paradise we can only dream of? I certainly did until I met this vine outside of my house.
This vine here in particular we will call Ashley. I named it because I wish to humanize it for the sake of my argument, but more so to help you understand where I am coming from. Ashley here seems to have many personalities, and unlike people, Ashley's personalities are all kept in the same place, all at the same time. Take a look for yourself.
Here Ashley has seemed to strangled and broke its encroaching neighbor and kept it's corpse held high as a warning not to get in it's turf.People say actions speak louder than words, well Ashley sure doesn't speak and it's actions are almost frozen in time without a care for who has to see. This is the best part about Ashley, no matter who is looking, it all seems to be about blatant survival yet this doesn't make it predictable. Even if you tried to flirt with Ashley and offer it all it could ever want, it would probably still wrap its vine around your neck to find its way to glory using you as a step.
I should probably establish where Ashley lives before I continue with this so that you can understand a little better why it does these things. Its found in the middle of several other plants who are a little more humble and shy than Ashley. Firstly they don't seem to have to wrap themselves around their neighbors to survive. And secondly they also seem a little more consistent in their path, almost like if they understand they can stand on their own without anyone's help. But Ashley seems to know it needs to feed off others, it immediately springs for its friends and enemies as it pops out of the ground like an extroverted teenager looking for a ride to the city to party no matter who is driving.
Despite all that we have seen so far, Ashley can be very cunning and calculated. It spaces some of it's grips around victims with an exceptional symmetry. I couldn't determine why it had done this, but if I were to guess, Ashley just likes to let you know what it is capable of.
Unlike us, it isn't able to hide its failures. Ashley used her energy with nothing to hold onto in hopes of success but ultimately failed leaving behind a dull and brown scarred limbs. These limbs would reach back onto itself almost as if to soothe its wounds ' everything is going to be alright'. In these areas I noticed not many subsequent efforts to try again, almost as though it was afraid to try again.
In the sun the leaves shine green and bright in an attempt to cover up it's friends and rotten mistakes below alike. Relentless and cruel, this plant would suffocate its neighbors until it took over the entire city. And then from that point it would begin to take apart itself.
I hope that you can forgive Ashley, even after my portrayal of it's behavior of self harm, murder and other things. Here is an opportunity to see something so unashamed and honest, that if you can forgive this, you may be able to forgive anyone who at least speaks their mind in the same way that Ashley does. But maybe not the holding up your neighbors corpse thing though, don't try that.
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