We Were Not Good Neighbors

She was there when we came 

Hanging out on her silk hammock 

Vertically relaxed 

Like a Zen master of martial arts 

In meditation 

"Not too loose 

Not too tight"  

Beautiful 

Deadly 

Poised, posed 

For several photos 

Tolerant of our attention 

Or pretending we were not there 

However, she took 

Offense at our playfulness 

When we blew on her 

For the pleasure of watching 

Her flee to the corner of her domain 

And curl into a ball 

In the morning, both she 

And her gossamer home 

Were gone 

Without a trace 

And we 

Could only 

Miss her.  

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ahorseback 6 years ago

Nice picture, and story....


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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

A very good poem, Thank you


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G-Ma Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Loved it!!! and the photo was great..Makes me want to write another one...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you. It was nice having her around while she stayed.


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marisuewrites 6 years ago from USA

Hi Tom, What a beautiful poem, Spiders are so interesting, as long as they're not crawling on me!!! I think they build gorgeous homes...as long as they are not building it above my bed...LOL


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

So sad that your teasing made her leave. I really enjoyed this beautiful story.


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Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States Author

I had a spider on me a few minutes ago. Perhaps a relative seeking revenge. We resolved our differences peaceably, however :)


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Dagny 6 years ago

I was not expecting the ending. Great tale!


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Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States Author

Glad you liked it.


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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

The spider is very wise. Her training in the martial arts and Zen taught her to abandon an inviable and indefensible positon. ;) Charming poem


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

A magical telling of the orb-weaver's habit and killing field, an intricate construction consumed more quickly than built. I wonder where she strung her next one.


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marisuewrites 6 years ago from USA

I once caught a web on a piece of black construction paper for my elementary kids in a class I taught. I never considered that I was robbing the poor thing of her hard work and home. Ah, well, a sacrifice for science I suppose.


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Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States Author

I agree, SilentReed. The insect catch was exceedingly light and we were no fun.

I wondered the same thing, Sally.

That's a nice trick, I think, Marisue. The spider could quite easily build another one, I think.


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feeweewv 6 years ago from Between A Dream And Reality

I love this one. Related this lil tale to my life. Your words always keep me thinking :)


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Joy56 6 years ago

eek that is scary enjoyed this hub........


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Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Felicia! :)

Glad you liked my scary poem, Joy :)

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