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Poetry from the 3:15 Experiment 8/26/09: compassion & the spider

January 4, 2010

The daddy long-legs
has his spot on the wall.

He waits. He watches.
His legs stretched out
he is ready to pounce.

He knows it would take little
to wipe him off the face
of the earth to break his legs
to crush his body.

c. Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator
August 26, 2009 3:15am

I wrote this poem last August during the annual 3:15 experiment where poets from around the world awake at 3:15am to write. Earlier in August, I wrote this 3:15 Experiment poem about this spider which I dedicated to Walt Whitman and posted one of his poems there too.

I’ve been slowly but surely transcribing my 3:15 poems from 2009. This one from August 26 just happened to be the next one in the journal. Interesting how it connects with the previous posts about compassion. It is so easy and common to just squish the small creatures that surround us, the ones we don’t appreciate or understand…

For more 3:15 poems by me, you’ll find them under that category in “What I’m Talking About” in the sidebar. Here’s where you’ll find more participants in the Monday Poetry Train.

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  1. January 5, 2010 8:48 pm

    I like all the vivid strokes in this poem. I can see that spider sitting there at 3:15 in the morning! And you, too, writing about him, just as tenacious!

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