Ambush …

Spider,

I see your ambush

disclosed by the heavy dew.

That suspended orb of silk

which trembles at the slightest touch,

is strung with pearls of morning

as offerings to you.

Why did you not accept this gift?

Why do you hesitate?

You did not rush along the thread

alerted by such pendant weight

but let their beauty sway undispersed,

gently,  in the humid air.

Dispassionate spider,

lurking in your lair,

your sensitivity it seems,

discerns only the lonely struggles

of your prey

ensnared by your secret spinner’s skill;

your aesthetic senses woven

into your artistic, geometric trap

are pitilessly enwrapped

in the warp and weft of death

within your neatly-parcelled kill … .

About atomsofstars

Reticent .. but I hope my poetry speaks for me .. Favourite quotation .. ' Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.' Ludwig Wittgenstein
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8 Responses to Ambush …

  1. JM says:

    I have often thought that when you can write something complimentary to a spider, your future as a poet is assured, Marya. It is a really beautiful poem, though. Thank you.

  2. atomsofstars says:

    Hello Jamie 🙂

    Thank you so much … I have to smile because I’m an arachnophobe .. perhaps this is why I have a morbid fascination with the beauty and subtlety of their complex trapping skills.

    • JM says:

      My daughters had a pet spider long ago, Marya. He kept watch just outside the back door and protected us from all manner of creepy-crawlies. They counted ‘his’ legs, and named him Octavius. Then, one day they found that ‘he’ had lost a leg, so they christened him Septimus. All that was before they grew up enough to be afraid of spiders. 🙂

      • atomsofstars says:

        Good evening, Jamie …

        That’s a delightful story 🙂 I love the names if not the owner of them ..
        I liked spiders when I was five years old .. I used to collect them in a jam-jar .. generally speaking they tended to disappear 🙂 I was fascinated by the patterns on their abdomens .. I recall one which looked like a fir tree .. but something happened to terrify me … and I seem to have erased that from my mind but from the age of six I have been arachnophobic …

  3. Shermeen says:

    Wondrous, atom.

    I do not have the means to spread the word about this enchanting place that you have created, to those who once were around, but fortunately I could reach one person who I know appreciated your work in the early days of elsewhere.

  4. myemilyrose says:

    Lovely words 🙂

    • atomsofstars says:

      Hello emilyrose …..

      Welcome to my site 🙂 Thank you very much for your appreciation of these lines … I’m pleased to know that you enjoyed this poem. Thank you for taking the time to read and to comment so kindly.

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