Poem for the Spider Outside the Back Door

In honor of National Poetry Day, I’m returning to my blog with this poem about today’s early morning encounter

Spider out back

copyright Emily Livingstone 2017

This morning

your expanded web

had filaments spreading across the doorway…

…across the porch…

…down to the garbage bin.

When I opened the screen door,

your web shook, and you

drummed your legs angrily

against the center, ignoring

my recoil.

Your kind have reclaimed our yard of late.

There is one on the fence,

by the front of the house,

and one in the pine tree out back.

There are webs in the grass

and in windowsills.

Be warned, spiders.

Some places are too close,

too frequented,

and you are not welcome.

But, please, do not send your children

inside to crawl

from under the bed

to bite our skin at night

or march down our throats.

Live in the forgotten corners,

out of reach, and feast on what you find.

We both are selfish,

and we will both defend

what we imagine to be ours.


Is it true that we swallow spiders when we sleep?



Three Line Thursday Light Lines Anthology Release! Happy National Poetry Day!

Exciting news!

Three Line Thursday

I’ve tried, as often as I can, to participate in the weekly competition run by poet Grace Black, Three Line Thursday.  Each week, Grace provides an inspiring image as a prompt, and asks that people write three lines (no more than 10 words per line) in response.  Anyone can participate by posting three lines in the comment section of the week’s competition page.  There is a fantastic community of writers there who are talented and supportive of one another.  On Saturday of each week, a winner, runners up, and special challenge winner are announced.

I’ve had a wonderful time challenging myself to get as much meaning as I can into 30 words or fewer.  I’ve learned a lot from reading the work of other talented writers there, and through this process.  I’m grateful to Grace for this continuing opportunity.

Over the past year, I’ve been honored to place in the top a few times, and even to be the winner once!  I was very excited to hear that Grace was planning to put together an anthology of poetry from the first full year of Three Line Thursday, including all the winners.  The poetry anthology was released today, October 8, 2015, just in time for National Poetry Day!  Winning poems from the past year appear in the collection, and Grace also gave us the chance to write an additional poem, following the same guidelines, for this year’s National Poetry Day theme: Light.

The anthology is called Light Lines.

I’ve ordered my copy and can’t wait to read the talented writers included there and be inspired, as I am every week at Three Line Thursday!  Thanks, Grace!

Speaking of Three Line Thursday, it is, in fact, Thursday, so it’s time to write and try out this fun and inclusive competition!  Or, as Grace would say, “come lay down ink” with the Three Line Thursday crowd!  If you order the anthology, let me know what you think!

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