Suspended mid air, or so it seems,
a spider poised to trap his prey,
examines the product of his expertise
and waits for an insect to stray.


The silver shimmer of silken skeins,
discretely attached, almost invisible
against the foliage of subtle mixed greens;
the spider’s skill evincible.


The intricate web so deftly spun;
Completed only hours before,
needs repairing almost before it’s done;
For many spiders ,a daily chore.


The spider’s spinnerets work long and hard
producing sticky or furry thread.
When it’s necessary to be on guard
spider is careful where to tread.


Now he patiently lies in wait,
hoping dinner will soon blunder
into the web: make the threads vibrate;
He will run to tear his prey asunder.


This woven orb may be his home,
but spider uses it for protection too.
He is at risk if he stays in the hub,
or without due care decides to roam.


He may entrap from the outer fringe,
or lie in wait, just out of sight;
So, should a stranger happen to impinge,
he’s armed; silk ties and a paralytic bite.


Infinitely inventive, resourceful and artistic.
His webs reflect his modus operandi.
His dinner depends on events opportunistic,
the mistake or negligence of a passing fly.


Thousands of spiders, many web designs
Clever tactics, instinctive self-preservation.
The spider’s world, within its own confines
exists without aid of conservation.


People are indifferent and some afraid,
some are ignorant and many cruel.
Perhaps our friends we have betrayed,
not appreciating this unobserved jewel.


How many times do we destroy their world,
when we brush away a cobweb, or carelessly flick
a spider who is sleeping innocently curled?
A death undeserved; no matter, a schtick!


The spider has skills we ought to admire.
His silk, for instance, is stronger than steel.
More understanding is what we require
Who knows what else he might reveal?



Photographs courtesy of:

Top: Aaron

Bottom: Mike Epp

Many thanks!


2 Responses to “Spider.”

  1. November 4, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Love looking at those webs.

  2. 2 kimmikat
    November 4, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    They are great photos aren’t they? 🙂

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