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Choices
by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie

Monday, April 21, 2003

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There was a spider in my hand,
Black, feathery, and hot…
His eyes glowed like small red rubies-
Burning with mistrust and hate,
As though he knew I would soon crush,
His delicate body in my closed fist…
And though I hated spiders,
I paused,
For there was a spider in my hand,
And I didn’t remember putting him there…

He raised one foreleg,
As if to beg for his life,
And I was so startled,
That I let him drop from my palm-
But,
He didn’t run away-
He sat unmoving near my foot,
As though he knew what my foot could do-
And he stared at me,
With those ruby eyes…

I could sense his utter despise-
But he didn’t run from me,
He didn’t flee,
So I let him be…

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Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 4/23/2003
geez - Spiders I can tolerate, mice and rats NEVER
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/21/2003
yuk!!!! I hate spiders...shivers down my spine....gggggrrr!!!

Love
Tinka
Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader) 4/21/2003
I like this. It says so many things out of one idea you had. Teresa
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 4/21/2003
Great write, I usually put all the creepy crawlies out the door!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/21/2003
Reindeer what an excellent metaphor..we all are faced with similar choices you handled it well...excellent write
Reviewed by Paul Berube 4/21/2003
Retta, Very compassionate. I would have crushed him. I hate spiders. Arachnaphobia.
Reviewed by Chris Jabon 4/21/2003
Guess these people don't realize this excellent poem is about choices and the consequences of them do they? Excellent poem Rein, You have a way so teaching through your poetry that I love...glad to see you here...

Chris
Reviewed by Connie Hinnen Cook 4/21/2003
Captivating! Spiders always have my undivided attention when I spy them!
Reviewed by Tony Nerone 4/21/2003
Hi Retta, I am glad he is still alive. There helpful you know.


love yf
tony
Reviewed by Tony Nerone 4/21/2003
I hope you had a lovely Easter. I am sorry I am not being as supportive as I should be. In fact it may be some time before you may hear from me. Hopefully one day I may return to AD. At the moment I am still searching for peace and quiet so essential to writing. Your friend Victor
Reviewed by Trixie Love 4/21/2003
Hi Reindeer,
LOL...This gave me a good laugh...
I pictured the entire
scene...

Great write

Trixie :)
Reviewed by Jacqueline VanZandbeek 4/21/2003
I seem to have the luck of finding spiders while I am in the shower. sheeesh! Excellent imagery here, I enjoyed the read. It gave me shivers!
Jacqueline
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 4/21/2003
Very well written...I loathe them brrrrrr!.. give me a snake anyday......Still they have their place :).....Thanks, Dani
Reviewed by Rodney Bohen 4/21/2003
Retta,
Bravo! Very insightful indeed!
Rodney
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 4/21/2003
I always turn the damn things out of doors,
they help catch those bloodsuckers.
Reviewed by Dove (Reader) 4/21/2003
hhhhhmmmm...I was right there with him..
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 4/21/2003
Should have splatted it, how do you know it was a him, big spider I guess:))))
yet another outstanding write, like it...
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