The Spider's Web
The Spider

Narrative is the spider
and we are its butterflies
caught in its web


  1. An evocative poem, Peter. An entire play delivered with thirteen words in three lines — with four characters to carry each role. In my mind, the spider is the narrator, the web the narrative. I join with each fellow butterfly on this shared “web.” A finely dewed suspension buoyed onto those pine needles, with a backdrop sky that extends into an infinity beyond the thin atmosphere that envelops our only planet.

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      1. But, it took me 70 words to tackle your far more elegant 13-word poem 🙂
        Speaking of the pedantic, here is an excerpt from a 273-page analysis published in 1893 of a poem by Catullus, written around 60 B.C. Every page contains über-copious footnotes in a tiny font, as you may witness by clicking:
        I bought a copy of the first edition for 50 cents at a library discard sale — a fine find! It’s right over there on this very desk, next to my coffee cup 🙂

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          1. Actually, I blundered rather colossally. The book I reference contains all 116 poems by Catullus, but —

            The literature on Catullus is oceanic, colossal, immeasurable even, and cannot be listed here, unlike the adjectives used to describe it. The following is merely a listing of a few sources that English-speaking readers may find useful in pursuing further research on Catullus.

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