Loosened from the mud, I find myself floating in a world of possibility.

So can you.

yellow yet transparent

i sit really still in front of the firepit
flashlight in hand
reading through Taproot*
just then i spot a small spider
crawling up my sweatshirt sleeve.

i catch it out of the corner of my eye
with peripheral vision.

it looks to have no substance
that dirty yellow transparent
outer of a spider crawling up my sleeve.

by the time i react
it's gone.

down to my wrist or around my elbow
or all the way to the top of my shoulder
it could be in my hair by now.

i am forced to abide to ignore the fear

this is the only way for me to be
out of the city

in order to stay in my place of choosing
in the noisy quiet of the woods
to be still for just one moment

still enough to finally feel the weightless
dirty yellow transparent spider is
behind my ear.



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    Thanks much!



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