On Writing

Poem 98 – A Spider and I in my Basement

A Spider and I in my Basement

A spider
falls purposefully
from the ceiling
legs jazzy with descent
its invisible thread
of web extending
like hope

I watch because I’m afraid
also open to accepting
the spider’s place in our home
I don’t want to kill it & that
feels good in a weird way

This spider
lands gracefully on the floor
its invisible web still invisible
hope clinging to dust mites

This spider is still
watches me
watching it
we are spaghetti-western-stand-off

I make the first move
slide my back against the wall
side-step past the spider
not wanting to disturb 
its traveling accomplishment
not wanting to feel the stick
of web on my face 
even if that’s what 
hope feels like

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Write a letter to someone you know. Or to someone you don’t. You can search an address anywhere in the world, and send a letter to a person.

Include joy and love in the letter. Perhaps include a poem. Handwrite this letter.

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Consider Andrea Gibson or Amanda Gorman, Olivia Gatwood or Harry Baker or Rudy Francisco or Saul Williams.

Consider yourself. Writing a poem and preaching it in your kitchen. Embrace the alive-ness of spoken word poetry!

2 thoughts on “Poem 98 – A Spider and I in my Basement

  1. Super poem Vanessa, We’ve all met with spiders! They are indeed strange ,

    So often associated with witches ,women like us who dare to speak!

    Sent from my iPad



  2. ♥♥♥ good omen

    On Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 11:45 AM VANESSA SHIELDS, writer wrote:

    > Vanessa Shields posted: ” A Spider and I in my Basement A spiderfalls > purposefullyfrom the ceilinglegs jazzy with descentits invisible threadof > web extendinglike hope I watch because I’m afraidalso open to acceptingthe > spider’s place in our homeI don’t want to kill it &” >


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