All Those Legs by Leslie Sittner

I watch them in the morning when I wake. And nightly by the flame light of the woodstove. They‘re not even 24 inches up from my flattened body. They crawl along the rough-hewn boards covering the ceiling; they crawl over the cedar logs supporting those ceiling boards. They are delicate, elegant, fragile-looking; they are deceptively … Continue reading All Those Legs by Leslie Sittner

Barking Dogs and Jumping Spiders by Judyann Grant

The sun was shining and a pleasant breeze was ruffling the soft green leaves of the maple trees. Freshly mown grass, newly planted vegetable garden and melodious bird song added to the ambience, beckoning me outdoors. It was an idyllic setting and the perfect morning to enjoy my daily reading and writing time at the … Continue reading Barking Dogs and Jumping Spiders by Judyann Grant

Webbed by Ruth Ann Dandrea

Like a spider I knitlife—a new web.Easier, not intricate.A single triangleof shawl. It willwrap over shoulderscross my heartand tie itself togetherin the back. Woolenarmor against a coldworld. My own hug.Like a spider I wait.Winding a new waythrough solitary dayshoping the familiarweb: house, garden,granddaughter, keepsme fed. Bound tolife. Understandingsecurity’s only amyth people tellthemselves to easea fear—of … Continue reading Webbed by Ruth Ann Dandrea