On Moscow

Spiders eating each other in a jar

I saw one, a Pholcus phalandgioides
the Daddy Long Legs spider
Eat a Crane Fly, THE Daddy Long Legs

It was a warm autumn evening.
Fluttering, where wall met ceiling, caught my ear

The spider's small round body, an impossibly small pea-sized pea size
determinedly consuming its larger prey

The crane fly's slow-motion crumpling
joint by joint, papery wing by papery wing

flutter, flutte, flutt, flut, flu, fl, f
Then gone

It took a while.
To be honest, I was shocked.
Still am.

Spiders eating each other in a jar.


n.b. NaPoWriMo 2023 continues, but the Earth spins on. I was interested to read of an incident in Moscow, a pro-war blogger assassinated.

The spiders reference came from a comment by Mykhailo Podolyak, an official in Kyiv, when asked for his thoughts on the restaurant bomb. Even in war, poetry.

CLP 03/04/2023


  1. Vivid! The spider as a metaphor works well in this context

    1. Thank you. I take no credit for originating the metaphor. šŸ™

  2. Romana Iorga says:

    Love the imagery here, Chris–and good to see you. Yes, even in war, poetry. This is when it’s needed the most.

    1. Romana! Thank you. Great to hear from you. I appreciate your comments, as ever. šŸ™

  3. šŸ–¤šŸ–¤

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