with jumping spider
jumping spider eyes
If you were to
wander into a
garden bathed in sunlight
with blooming pin wheel flowers
feeling lonely and wanting a friend
I’d be your jumping spider friend.
Spotting you through the branches
with telescopic tetrachromatic eyes
leaping from stem to stem
miniature hydraulics wrapped in skin and hair
I’d land on your knee
and look up at you
and wave at you
and keep you company
till the loneliness
Both of us from existences so distant
yet enjoying this moment utterly.
A gaze, a convergence, words absent
silent dialogue outside of the firmament.
Our silent play ends, you leaping into the potted steppes
I returning to the kitchen, dirty plates need cleaning.
A little lift, the wall is cleared,
jumping spider turning and waving goodbye.
Gazing out into the plant pot wilderness,
wondering if we will ever meet again.
Poems inspired by two actual jumping spiders, Hector and one I have not named yet. Hector and his fellow salticidae cheered me up very much one day. I really cannot talk to Hector. What remains of my high school spanish is not good enough to fully understand him. The other spider does not have a name, but if you want to suggest a name, go right ahead.
The second poem and the 3rd set of poems inspired by Richard Brautigan’s Your Catfish Friend and Meng Hao Jan’s At Lumen – Empty Monastery, Visiting Dharma – Guile with a friend from Cypress Terrace: http://skyraftwanderer.blogspot.com/2011/06/your-catfish-friend-by-richard.html
Pictures from (in order) (If you want an image taken down, just ask and I will do it): http://tantrapantry.blogspot.com/2009/05/eight-legged-freaks-of-california-and.html , http://arachnerds.livejournal.com/83985.html , http://easterncontrol.com/xe/type/435 , http://forums.thedigitalfix.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=442583&page=4
As always, feedback is welcomed.