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Spider Webs in a Chance Sunbeam

April 2, 2010

In the deep woods, after rain, the light
comes like a cone from the sun, a beam
wide at your eye, narrow high up in
the dense tree tops. It’s magnified
in the resplendent clearing mist, a dream
of summer, a place new visions can begin.

On this day suddenly, the invisible weave
of a spider’s new and perfect web is struck
golden in that light. We stand amazed
at such revelation; among the leaves’
shadows, the sun shifts, touching like
Midas. Here is another web—another!—and our day’s
suddenly filled with what we’re unaware
is every day so close, invisible as air.

©February 1987

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