Friday, June 12, 2009

The Spider

With six small diamonds for his eyes
He walks upon the summer skies,
Drawing from his silken blouse
The lacework of his dwelling house.

He lays his staircase as he goes
Under his eight thoughtful toes
And grows with the concentric flower
Of his shadowless, thin bower.

His back legs are a pair of hands,
They can spindle out the strands
Of a thread that is so small
It stops the sunlight not at all.

He spins himself to threads of dew
Which will harden soon into
Lines that cut like slender knives
Across the insects' airy lives.

He makes no notion but is right,
He spreads out his appetite
Into a network, twist on twist,
This little ancient scientist.

He does not know he is unkind,
He has a jewel for a mind
And logic deadly as dry bone,
This small son of Euclid's Own.

Robert P. Tristram Coffin
All Posters

No two spiders are exactly alike, any more than two people are.
When do spiders normally spin their webs? (note the words "threads of dew")The purpose of this poem was certainly to create a colorful word picture of the spider. you will note that this picture is different from the one described or pictured in the dictionary or encyclopedia.

just something to think about
while you are enjoying
the early morning dew on the flowers


Maxine said...

Oh my. I wish I could say I like those pictures but I can't. These are not my favorite creatures, but they too are the handiwork of God. Nice poem though.

Joyce's Ramblings said...

Having a dirt floor in the basement I deal with spiders quite often. They come up around the plumbing for the tub. Do you remember the children's song ?
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain and the itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout again.
The hand movements made the children happy.

Sharon said...

If spiders did not creep me out so much I would say I loved these pics LOL I like the webs covered in dew but prefer the occupants of said webs be gone... LOL Blessings~Sharon

Mary said...


Spiders are interesting creatures. I love seeing a spider web that is sprinkled with dew. God created a beautiful world for us to live in.

Hope you are well. Think of you often.


Saija said...

isn't it amazing how all of nature SHOUTS of God's design ... and so sad that many don't hear ...