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Where is the Spider?

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Martie
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Where is the Spider?

Time spins a web
from the tree of life
and we are caught.
Blown like a feather
we cling
as our need
gives us strength.

We touch
the lazy leaf in awe,
smell the tangy edge
of fruited laughter
and long for truth.

Days are sometimes
our slow enemy.
The dullness of them
seeps into our lust
and inhibits our exuberance.

Many times a manic dance
spins us out of control,
before we can think of a purpose
we have passed ourselves
and must seek again
what we never found.

We are the umbilicated
tied to the past by a severed cord,
phantom pains
keep us from forgetting
our beginning.
We are chained to the future
by the microscope of eternity
found in our children.

We throw out a life line
and glean
through the unbearable
coupling of our bodies, destiny.

From the depth of
this beauty
we recognize youth
far back on the road.

The mirror mimics
our exterior
when inside we
realize that youth
has only become
less frivolous
and more kind.

There are signs along
the path we travel
these are some Iíve seen:

Singing when your heart
is full
brings sweetness to your
voice.

Holding the hand
of one
who walks along
the river
leads to the
appreciation of
little things.

Listening to the message
of the sea,
humbles
an overripe opinion.

Embracing in love
sets a fire
that will not
be extinguished.

Looking inward
for the teacher
calms the trembling
fingers
of your grasping
search.

Laughter emptying
into your
troubled soup
sweetens the bitterness
and strengthens
all the essential
ingredients.

To struggle
against the web
is to be caught
more fiercely.
If we are still
listening
and open,
we can appreciate
the glistening of its
craftsmanship
and the touch of air
surrounding it.

Peace is fleeting,
found in an instant
when eyelash meets
the cheek.

Does the tree
of life
concern itself
with our struggle?

Tall and sure
it holds the web,
but can it protect it
from what is
or what will be?

I still have not seen
the spider.
© Copyright 2000 Martie Odell-Ingebretsen - All Rights Reserved
Meadowmuse
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1 posted 05-07-2000 08:52 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Oh Martie, superb, my friend. I admire, so much, your penchant to weave the poetic details of life into the finest and most delicate spun silk.

So sweetly shared, this, and I must thank you.

~ Claire

 Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?......Henry David Thoreau
Kit McCallum
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2 posted 05-07-2000 08:56 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

So full of detail and truly thought-provoking Martie ... I thoroughly enjoyed this.

/Kit
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3 posted 05-07-2000 09:47 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Martie~
If I were to try to find a 'favorite' thought out of this beauty ... I'd end up with the entire web.

The arachnophobic in me almost didn't read this one ... whew !  Palms perspiring, I challenged my fear.
Glad I didn't see any spiders either.

Okay, okay ... I found my favorite line -

'Peace is fleeting,
found in an instant
when eyelash meets
the cheek.'

Beautiful, beautiful thoughts, dear lady.
~*Marge*~


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Martie
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4 posted 05-08-2000 01:21 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Claire, what a lovely reply, thank you!

Kit, I'm so glad you enjoyed this...

Marge--Thanks for all the possitive replies you make.
Denise
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5 posted 05-08-2000 01:06 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Martie, I must say that this is now my most favorite of yours!! The wisdom woven into this is absolutely inspiring!! I think you should submit this one to Blue Mountain as well!! I can just picture this on one of their cards and plaques!! I would most definitely purchase this if I was browsing through  their display at the store!! Go for it!!

Denise
Martie
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6 posted 05-08-2000 06:25 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Denise--I never thought of that...thanks for such wonderful comments--maybe I will.
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7 posted 05-08-2000 06:48 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Martie,
You have so much in this poem it could be a whole library. Enjoyed every bit of it. *L*
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8 posted 05-08-2000 10:40 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Martie, I certainly am hopelessly caught in your web of exquisite poetry. This one defies and comments I could make without them coming out inadequate.....and no one else could use the word umbilicated and get away with it!
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leads to the appreciation of the little things

Those little vibrations are what bring the spider out.

The little things should always be appreciated.

Very nice.
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10 posted 03-11-2001 02:04 PM       View Profile for Wilfred Yeats   Email Wilfred Yeats   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Wilfred Yeats's Home Page   View IP for Wilfred Yeats

Again - a Martie poem that leaves me at a loss of words (did I say that?) -

I've saved many of yours to my treasure box -Said "to the top" more than once -
I cannot readily imagine saying another poem could supplant this
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