Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Opening the Spider Box

opening the spider box
reveals a soft egg supported
on eight shades of darkness.

its fingertip venom kiss
is the slowing of all senses,
memory, hope, everything.

all i can tell you is,
set your hands to anything, move your feet anywhere
the box is not, and it will buy you another morning to think it over.

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hedgewitch said...

The metaphor only improves with this incarnation. Cold as spider feet on your neck, but not nearly as unwelcome, because reading anything you write is always an experience,a literal trip. Congrats on staying out of the web, and outside the box.

Kerry O'Connor said...

That opening stanza is cold-blood amazing. What a metaphor for a depressed state of mind.

Grandmother (Mary) said...

A spider box with eight shades of darkness is a startling image for depression that nonetheless holds a note of hope in the final phrase.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

SOMEWHERE THE BOX IS NOT is a good idea. I hear you in your tag about not answering the phone-also wise.

Sioux said...

Yikes, Shay. Your flow never slows down...

This was definitely powerful.

Anonymous said...

That video is fan-freakin-tastic! Except for snorting coffee out my nose.

Which reminds me, as I rinsed out the coffee pot this morning, a spider came out! But was washed down the sink before I could save it.

as for the poem, you've caught it, and I'm hoping for another morning and feet moving. ~

Cloudia said...

WoW! Sorry to be so boringly bowled over by your inventions but I AM, so deal with it!

Gloria's "I will survive" truly contributed to me doing just that, Sistah

from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
=^..^= <3

Mama Zen said...

Damn. Even on Christmas?

In pure response to the write: outstanding.

Other Mary said...

You know...I keep trying to not hate spiders. But everything in your metaphor resonates so deep.

Oh, and the video - nearly fell off my chair laughing! Merry (late) Christmas!

TALON said...

Ooooo and ewww! at the same time, Shay. Loved it. You are an incredible spinner of words and stellar imagery.

Love the new look here. Oh, and Stripey sends his love. :)

Anonymous said...

the second verse really gets across the feelings of depression, hopelessness, helplessness.

a powerful write, SP!