The spider and the fly


Trap me! (Yes, I dare you)

in deceptive woven lace

woo me with your splendor

inside that dark, confining space


Sing me love songs, buy me jewels

rubies, silver, gold

make your smile seem bona fide

and all the truth? Withhold!


But know this


Just when you thought you’ve caught me

in luring ropes, beware!

look closer in your tangled web

You’ll find it’s empty there


(Photo and poetry by C. Dennis-Willingham)


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