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|A Spider's Web (standard:poetry, 207 words)|
|Author: kendall thomas||Added: Dec 11 2003||Views/Reads: 1752/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
A Spider's Web by Jack Straw . The soldier burrowed upon his back. Above the spider waited in the rack*; . Over enemies concealed among the trees, clouds threaded among the leaves leaving shimmering raindrops in diamonded memories. Cautious now the soldier peered ahead. One wrong move and then you're dead. Something trembled, then stopped in dread; harpy fingers played the silent threads. . Indifferent eyes watched from a branch that swayed; if he had wings he too could fly away -- . If only he could lie here in eternal bliss he would gladly take the loss of honor's empty kiss, but he must rise and journey on though all about comrades lie cold and still and long. . The spider now has wrapped its meal and trips back to a border fairly well concealed. . He thought had he not been born there would be no pain, then a bullet cut the cord that bound his brain. . What once was loved and loving -- son, friend or lover, became only a lump again of cast off clay. . He fell somewhere over there beneath the trees beneath a spider's web bejeweled with raindrops dripping from the leaves. ------------ * rack: a cloud or vapor. Tweet
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