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A Friend To The Spiders
by Ken L Kupstis

Monday, December 14, 2009
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Next time you see a spiderweb...that isn't stopping you from doing anything...leave it be. How would you like someone trashing your apartment?



Upon my return

To the old homestead…


They are everywhere.


Ruling the shadows

Clinging to the corners

Spinning from the ceiling


The feel of their webs

Like soft tripwires

Is disturbing to the skin

So I would tear them down

Night after night


But they are everywhere…


Weaving their works

Dancing on gossamer strands

Holding their own

In a world that must

Terrify them


So now I live and let live

Leaving them be

To spin another web

For another day

Another night


Until their artistry

Is everywhere

Easy to destroy

But easily rebuilt


Easier still

To be a friend to the spiders

Even though

It’s just a bit creepy

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Reviewed by Sandra Bishop Ebner 3/8/2010
Wonderful images in this poem. The language is strong, line breaks work beautifully. There is more depth and metaphor that meets the eye, which is what makes this poem as strong as it is. The only suggestion would be to leave out the cliche' "live and let live" which takes away from the poem's originality. The poem also (really)ends at the 2nd line of the last stanza "To be a friend to the spiders" The poem doesn't need the last two doesn't need that didactic part. The reader needs to feel whatever the reader feels.
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 1/6/2010
Ken- ( I like your writing style and Flow)
I gravitated to this Poem (because I love Spiders and take amazing Pictures of their artistic spider webs, there homes, especially after Rain and on/off Shrubs/Etc.) I am Staying/Tracking you because I like your kind and giving Heart! Loved this Poem• YES! We must "leave well enough alone" Nature is BEAUTY! THANK YOU for writing this gem!

Happy and Blessed NEW YEAR to You and Yours!
Peace and Harmony, Purple_PassionsSHEE
NAMASTE! Write on! Read On!
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 12/14/2009
All life has value yet so many seem to forget that as they play "God"...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by John Bidwell 12/14/2009
Live and let live is very important to me.
I'm amused at people who are so horrified by anything- and a lot of people I know have a problem with spiders.
It is like they think God made a mistake- should never have made spiders.
This is cool.

Reviewed by TONY NERONE 12/14/2009
I do not think that spiders are creepy. I have met some people who are but that does not belong here. I think this poem was well written and excellent in it's content. Great Job.

Tony Nerone

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