Fay Slimm.





Crouched in viewing the shivering cobweb

craftily spanning a waterfall's edge

I saw fine precision-knifed filaments

cunningly strung with infinite wisdom.

A weightless weapon of swinging steel,

death-celled bed spun on gossamer wheel.

That devilish duvet of glistening gauze

betokened real craft as the spider paused

then in obscurity tensed for success,

alert with magnetic insect suppression.

Hairily silent as tensile wires, cleverly glued

met miniscule life of wriggling food

that by moving caught death in but seconds

while spider gave fly lethal injections.

As water's curtain cascaded to ground

and whirling catch-trap spun victim around

fed spider wiped mouth, cleaned sticky legs,

repaired any holes and prepared for the next.


  • orchidee

    An eloquent tale Fay. I was off to rescue a spider from the bath. It was too big to go down the plug hole anyway. Or was it? How do they suddenly appear in the bath?!

    • Fay Slimm.

      I have no idea Orchi and spiders also come up from the cracks in skirting board too - -- I do try to save them and put them outside if I can.

    • dusk arising

      The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end reading this. What is it about the spider which puts us on edge so?
      They're magnificent creatures and i respect them but i can't bring myself to like/love them as i do most other creatures.

      If you find them as creepy as i do then you're a brave lass to write this splendid piece.

      P.S. I was taught that they didnt kill their victims but paralyzed them so that they could eat them alive at their leisure. Not a very cuddly attribute.

      • Fay Slimm.

        Ha - I find a spider's compelling predatory behaviour of interest D.A. in that it is being itself in its guile. - but though I do not like their hairiness invading my home I leave well alone if I find one in the garage or shed- --- the webs are a marvel of engineering yet I still feel for the victims....... thank you masses for your read and comment on Catchtrap dear friend.

      • Goldfinch60

        The engineering capability of spiders is eloquently displayed in your words Fay, wonderful write. I don't mind spiders.
        One of my work colleagues had very severe arachnophobia, she told me that once she was in her sitting room and a spider appeared, she raced out of the room, put pillows and blankets at the foot of the door and 'phoned her husband at work and got him to come home to deal with it".
        I of course then found a computer screen saver that had spiders on it - I think I still have the bruises!

        • Fay Slimm.

          Yes there is quite a lot of arachnophobia around when you enquire - strange that a I dont like to ;harm spiders and of course we dont live the poisonous ones or at least I dont think so........ thank you for your input dear friend.

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