do spiders sleep

do spiders sleep by phil burns

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do spiders sleep

when I first saw Susie
busying herself
in a shaded protected corner
of a very small room
in my apartment
she was no bigger
legs included
than the nail
on my little finger

what do you eat
I wondered
as she was
clearly too petite
to tackle even a mosquito
but during those
days of confinement
when I saw her often
she must have found
some nourishment
because she grew
enough that I noticed

I call her Susie
not Steve
because in French
her mother tongue
I suppose
the word for spider
is feminine
and I don’t like to contradict
a centuries old
language and culture

I hope that
she will continue to grow
and will eliminate
at least some mosquitoes
during the warmer weather
now arriving

so we co-exist
quite peacefully
which is
I believe
as much as can be hoped for
between different species
in trying times

I ask her many things
although she rarely responds
and never in words
but she seems more accepting now
of my intrusions
less prone to disappearing
into her darkest corner
when I disturb
her privacy

so the question remains
because I refuse
to use Google in this case
preferring to exercise
my imagination
and to ask her
gently but persistently
do spiders sleep?


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22 Responses to do spiders sleep

  1. tedstrutz says:

    I am not sure I have been to the poetry wing of C.E. Ayr before. I liked this story very much. Both characters believable.


    • Glad you enjoyed, Ted.
      While the poem is clearly an allegory, both characters are real, and still co-exist, with each respecting the other’s boundaries.
      Thank you for visiting, and for your kind words.


  2. I love the mood of your spider poem, so gentle and protective, so admiring of the spider’s special-ness.


  3. The Italian word for spider is the masculine ragno. Maybe you can even fix her up with an Italian friend.


  4. pennygadd51 says:

    I love that! Really imaginative, and beautifully constructed.


  5. That was fab, a lovely poem.


  6. Dale says:

    This was wonderful!


  7. Mike says:

    Loved the poem, should we start calling you Robert Burns


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  9. They do seem to sleep, don’t they?


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