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Gossamer

November 21, 2018

I sit and spin my little web

Filament, filament, filament

Out of myself I throw it

Into the wild, wild world

And on days like this

When I do not see it catch

Lonesome, lonesome, lonesome

Screams my heart

I spin this web

Back and forth

Up and down

I toil

Vain, vain, vain

This all seems to me

Today I can’t make my lines connect

And I strive alone in the corner of the barn

Waiting for something to catch

No one here to read my words

Beloved, beloved, beloved

I just want someone to call me

Here I feel

Colder, colder, colder

All I want is warmth

I’ve been trying myself

My spider legs are weak

And I’m ready to give up

My strings are

Breaking, breaking, breaking

Oh my soul

How I need to feel that hand underneath me

Carry me back

Show me the big picture

Radiant, radiant, radiant

That’s what I hope you use this to be

I’ll keep throwing my gossamer

And spinning my web

As a monument to grace

 

Note: This piece was inspired by Walt Whitman’s poem “A Noiseless, Patient Spider,” and I encourage you to read it.

6 Comments

  1. Katherine Baker

    Beautiful poem, Christine! Who knew you could relate so much to a spider? I loved all the repetition in it.

    Reply
    • Christine Eaton

      Thank you, Katherine. The repetition was fun to write.

    • Christine Eaton

      Thanks for taking time to read it!

  2. Sarah

    I really enjoyed and connected with your poem; especially the part that says “Today I can’t make my lines connect And I strive alone in the corner of the barn Waiting for something to catch No one here to read my words”. And this part too actually: “And I’m ready to give up My strings are Breaking, breaking, breaking Oh my soul”. Very well written. You showed both the here and now of the spider and the longing for something better. Good job.

    Reply
    • Christine Eaton

      Thank you, Sarah. I’m glad to hear these words resonated with you. It’s always nice to know that someone else can feel them and understand.

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