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All summer a spider, mottled like a cheetah, 

managed a web by our kitchen door.


Tap the net

and it would do its eight shoe scuttle. 


It went finally:

but the engineering survived –

intricate, pliable, foolproof –

through seasons of drizzle and bluster.


On an April day, a pallid sun

backlit trapped raindrops,

shimmering prisms.

We paused on the step, delighted.


The power of things to strive to be themselves

is absolutely self-regarding,

and unstoppable.



© Copyright David Selzer
1 Response
  • Lesley Johnson
    January 25, 2010

    There you go – even as the Bruce – and learning from the same small master … ain’t life strange.

    P.S. Love that eight shoe ‘scuttle’.

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