S p I d e r s

You can learn a lot from spiders, really.
First, there was Spider Woman who made
Earth and the tribes
And more recently, following Plato,
We’ve all been connected to the World Wide Web.

No kidding, though, spiders are incredible.
They work all night to build a lace-world in your garden
And, when you walk right through it,
They never turn a hair.

Adamantly, and with no pleading for redress,
They carry on as if nothing had happened,
They build again from the first strand.

I admire them intensely, actually.
If anybody lives in the moment, they do
And, of course, they’ve been here longer than we have—
As long as scorpions and much longer than dinosaurs.

I have a hunch that they are very wise:
They know how to wait, to bide their time.
Bees, flies and butterflies are silly by comparison;
They flutter to extinction in Spider’s net
while Spider waits, watches and waits.
Spider is a hunter and he lives in your house.

One day, when we have destroyed everything
And there’s nothing left but ashes and waste,
Spider will emerge and do his war dance;
He will triumph as only a warrior can.

Really, you learn a lot from spiders.

4 June 2007
Stephen Smith, staff from UK

You can learn a lot from spiders, really.

First, there was Spider Woman who made

Earth and the tribes

And more recently, following Plato,

We’ve all been connected to the World Wide Web.

No kidding, though, spiders are incredible.

They work all night to build a lace-world in your garden

And, when you walk right through it,

They never turn a hair.

Adamantly, and with no pleading for redress,

They carry on as if nothing had happened,

They build again from the first strand.

I admire them intensely, actually.

If anybody lives in the moment, they do

And, of course, they’ve been here longer than we have—

As long as scorpions and much longer than dinosaurs.

I have a hunch that they are very wise:

They know how to wait, to bide their time.

Bees, flies and butterflies are silly by comparison;

They flutter to extinction in Spider’s net

while Spider waits, watches and waits.

Spider is a hunter and he lives in your house.

One day, when we have destroyed everything

And there’s nothing left but ashes and waste,

Spider will emerge and do his war dance;

He will triumph as only a warrior can.

Really, you learn a lot from spiders.

Stephen Smith: 4 June 2007

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