Ten thousand hatchlings
stride the web. In this place
between the leaves, one mother
— alone, cards a generation.

Soon she will die — depleted.
Soon hatchlings will drink
from her legs. This must be so
— as all that is spindled,

all that is skeined.
All this was woven
so long ago.

Image: Steve Johnson on Unsplash

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    1. Thank you Lance. I’ve been watching and protecting this spider and her egg sack for a week, only to discover that her children would devour her. And while there is a certain revulsion in considering such a fate, I believe that there is much we can gain from understanding the sacrifices our elders make for our benefit.


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