augury doggerel

Thursday, May 23, 2002


The woman brought a basket of clothes pins in from the balcony yesterday and put it down on the sill. Like magic, dozens of tiny spider babies splashed over the edge. There are several larger spiders living in the bars of our balcony throughout the warm weather, and one of them had become a mother.

The woman did her best to scoop them all up, then took them back to the balcony, where we now have a nest of orange babies, each almost small enough to come back in through the window screen. They're toddling on eight legs each around the edge of a window box, jumping off and spinning first webs, looking back and wondering how they did it.


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