The Spider

Constantly seeking approval,
the spider weaves its web.
It’s less concerned about the mosquito trapped,
the opportunity literally begging to be devoured.

The spider weaves and weaves
on a flimsy bed with a broken headrest,
a torn mattress, and a grimy bedspread.

The spider wants its web to look great
the spider wants a hallelujah
the spider thinks it’s Jehovah Jireh
can you say, ‘Please! Fucking see straight!’

But the spider won’t listen anyway,
it’s waiting for a non-existent cameraman and
constantly seeking approval
the spider will keep weaving its web.

© Nitin Lalit Murali (2018)

Originally published on The Literati Mafia 

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12 Comments

        1. Thank you. I don’t consider myself a great writer. I still have much too learn. But I’m truly humbled by your kind words.

  1. Very well written. I think your poem is open to many interpretations. To me the image of the spider could be associated with the artist-writer, also a weaver, looking for someone who stops and listens to his or her art and words; someone to help him or her come out of a permanent invisibility.

    1. That’s a very different way of looking at the poem. Thank you so much for that. It helped me see things differently and gave me a few ideas for future pieces.

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