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If life were measured like a thread,

who will cut off the fly

hanging off a spider’s fiber,

dead and swinging like a pendulum?

 

How many threads will bury a spider

whose legs were dismembered

by soldier ants crawling over

his upside-down body?

 

The heavy rain stirs the mud,

digs on the soft earth a shallow grave

for the fly that dropped off the thread

and the spider and its pieces.

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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Observationally Dark, yet as powerful as a Sufi Tale of Moths, in the desert around a single flame!

 

As usual, Well done JJ!

 

DC

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Hi DrC, glad to see you here as well! Thanks for the feedback. Your avatar, is that a Picasso?

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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Yup. Picasso, self Portrait 1929- It's a mood thing;-) Maybe, I'll come out and post my scowling 'real' mug one of these days- Love your picture BTW! You look so cheerful! icon_biggrin.png

 

DC

thegateless.org Come on over and check out my poetry substack y'all;-) Or if your bored, head to the Zazzle store: https://www.zazzle.com/store/gateless. If you buy anything I lose a bet, so consider that before you violate the digital rules.

 

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Aleksandra

I love this poem. Joel, glad that you are better, and thank you for the pleasure to read you again.

I enjoyed this poem very much. I love these lines:

 

The heavy rain stirs the mud,

digs on the soft earth a shallow grave

 

Metaphorical and wise poem. Very thoughtful.

 

Aleksandra

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth - Jean Cocteau

History of Macedonia

 

 

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Tony, that is so appropriate.

 

Alek, yeah, I can't stand too long not to be here :-)

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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goldenlangur

Hello again JoelJosol,

 

 

There's a strong political overtone in this poem, particularly:

 

a spider

whose legs were dismembered

by soldier ants crawling over

his upside-down body?

 

and also:

 

shallow grave

 

reminiscent of torture and murder.

 

Could one ask:

 

How did the spider get the fly to enter his 'parlour'? Or was the fly a hapless victim of brutality and extermination?

 

 

 

Very well crafted and gives the reader much to think, albeit I could be way off the mark in my reading here.

 

 

 

 

Hope the new year brings some political stability and calm in your beautiful country and you inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

goldenlangur

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Even a single enemy is too many and a thousand friends too few - Bhutanese saying.

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Thank you, GL. Your reading is completely possible in a countryside still hot with violence.

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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