SHORT GAITS WITH THREE SPIDERS BY MATT WELTER

SHORT GAITS WITH THREE SPIDERS BY MATT WELTER

climbing through the tall yew
I know how the hammock spider feels
balancing on random boughs
upright on the roots

slowly across driftwood tangles
I teeter like the comb-footed spider
using scantier limbs as I go
testing each, feeling for a snap

striding over cobbles and boulders
I touch the wolf spider’s cautious
strides, as she makes short gaits
over algae slick pebbles and sand

like all three, I am moving
but like so many hatchlings today
I am moving slowly, trying my steps
uncertain, afraid to fall

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