A spider walked across my poem

spider on poem-800

A spider walked across a poem I was editing at my desk today. Do you see her there? She’s in the left-hand corner and she’s blurry.

She startled, but did not scare me. Spiders don’t scare me much anymore. I welcome, with fascination, the webs they weave between the posts of my porch each fall.  In the spring, I can’t help but stop and examine the stacks of hammock spider webs that line the Cedar tree trunks of a nearby trail. And I still think fondly of Charlotte. You know, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. Elliot? Nearly all spiders in our area are as friendly as Charlotte. Or at least they’re not poisonous.

This spider, that landed on my page, was serendipitous. She appeared on a poem in which she (or her kind) are among the main characters. The other two characters are my paternal grandmother and the farm she lived on. I’ve been completely absorbed with this article in National Geographic, about spiders falling from the sky and blanketing a field in Australia.

spider webs farm australia
PHOTOGRAPH BY LUKAS COCH in National Geographic. SOURCE – http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150518-spiders-australia-silk-webs-animals-environment/

This photo inspired my poem. It is not finished yet, but when it is, I hope to submit it somewhere for publication. For now, there’s a sneak peak: spider approved.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s