Tegenaria

Tegenaria

by Laura Summerville Reed


I run the water and settle in

Rosy and warm before I notice you

But you’ve noticed me

I was here only hours ago

Did you watch me then

Did you assume the tenant had moved off the land

You’ve come like a beggar seeking refuge and drink

Yet, you’ve already set yourself up like a queen

On a woven throne

Ruling from a corner vantage point

Your boldness has my respect

Still I’m your uneasy subject

I sometimes enjoy company

And a bit of conversation as I bathe

But your eight eyes upon me

Are more like an audience

You’re no casual observer

And I desire no interaction

I remind you that we are kindred spirits

Taking in what we need

For threading, spinning, weaving out

Things that string together and catch

You deserve a greener kingdom

Than my bathroom wall affords

But for now I will leave you

To enjoy a drink of water, the steam

Rising from my tub

And the pitch dark and solitude once I’ve gone

With mutual regard we will make fine bath mates

and weavers of things that catch

©LSR 2010

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Puzzling - yet beautiful, as all your poetry is. I visualize it as you paint it, but then - it leaves me dangling. I think it is real, then think it is imaginary. But what the heck. Being rosy and warm is very pleasant! I saved "beautiful" for it! It truly is.


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Laura, I always enjoy your writings. At work there are two spiders in the area I work. The inmates who work for me kill bugs and flies all the time and feed the spiders.

I love how you can take everyday events and turn them into beautiful moments.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

A wet, steamy, edgy sort of thing if you know what I mean, Laura. Your ode reminds me of my "tengaric days" as the silk spins at my fingertips. My lair does not have the tantilizing view as that of your voyeur friend but possibly it might someday. Keep an extra towel handy, just in case. WB


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A.A. Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

When I was little in my Grandmas house I had a Tegenaria land on my head. I don't know how long it was waiting to do that, but it did it with lightning speed. Very sneaky.

Another beautiful poem...


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Awful Poet 6 years ago from The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) (m-M)_0 = 18.41, or 48 kpc (~157,000

Such a fine piece.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Nellieanna 'it leaves you dangling', lol. How wonderfully clever that is! My little arachnid friend is quite real. She's set up light housekeeping and so long as she leaves me be I will do the same for her, haha! Thank you dear lady for saying it's beautiful!

Sam, I always enjoy your visits and your wonderful comments! My hope is she will do her own grocery shopping! It's one of the reason I don't mind having spiders in the house. With a little research one can easily determine which species have a calm, mutual regard for spaces and which are more prone to have ADD personalities, haha!

Wayne Brown, if you read of my death by electrocution, you sir, will know how and why, LMAO!!! I will keep an extra towel handy at all times!

Augustine, their lightening speed and my suspicion of their motives is where my wary respect comes from. I just hope my new friend respects the vast array of haircare and toiletry items I could crush her with should she attempt any covert maneuvers on me, lol. Thank you for saying it's beautiful.

AP, thank you so very, very much. I love to know you've read my poetry, yours is so beautiful and your compliments to my writing are always heartfelt by me.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Very nice again! Thank you Ma'am!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you for riding by, Mr Micky! Glad you liked it, the pleasure was all mine, sir!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Great poem. Not good for arachnophobes, though is it? Like you I have a healthy respect for spiders and usually help them, when they make themselves at home in my house, to find a better place outside. Spiders are our friends, but sometimes we don't let them be so.

Love and peace

Tony


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Hello Tony! So nice to see you and thank you. I will admit the more social varieties do occasionally find themselves the sad victim of a "soleful" death, but I do my best to mete out justice swiftly and humanely.


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Gerg 6 years ago from California

I love that you're expanding my vocabulary! This one made me laugh.

Your boldness has my respect

Still I’m your uneasy subject

I sometimes enjoy company

And a bit of conversation as I bathe

But your eight eyes upon me

Are more like an audience


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Good! I excel at very passive forms of public service, lol, so it was my pleasure! I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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epigramman 6 years ago

one of the best writers in my humble opinion on these hubpages you are - there is a spark - and that is something that you either have or you don't - and you definitely have it!

You didn't think the epigramman could stay away too long did you?

And as I always do - here goes - you could put a bag over your head and that radiant smile would still shine through.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Epigramman, I am so very glad that you've decide to come back for a visit. Your humble opinion humbles me, kind sir! And as I always do when I read your comments :D


ralwus 6 years ago

I hate spiders . . . it's head for the brambles bare assed and naked feet!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Ha! Ha! I can just picture it, Charlie...now write it for us!!


ralwus 6 years ago

I wrote it darlin'. yes I did.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

You sure did! Not quite how I pictured it originally, haha!

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