The Spider's Web
The Spider

Narrative is the spider
and we are its butterflies
caught in its web

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  1. An evocative poem, Peter. An entire play delivered with thirteen words in three lines β€” with four characters to carry each role. In my mind, the spider is the narrator, the web the narrative. I join with each fellow butterfly on this shared “web.” A finely dewed suspension buoyed onto those pine needles, with a backdrop sky that extends into an infinity beyond the thin atmosphere that envelops our only planet.

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      1. But, it took me 70 words to tackle your far more elegant 13-word poem πŸ™‚
        Speaking of the pedantic, here is an excerpt from a 273-page analysis published in 1893 of a poem by Catullus, written around 60 B.C. Every page contains ΓΌber-copious footnotes in a tiny font, as you may witness by clicking:
        https://archive.org/details/catullus02catugoog
        I bought a copy of the first edition for 50 cents at a library discard sale β€” a fine find! It’s right over there on this very desk, next to my coffee cup πŸ™‚

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          1. Actually, I blundered rather colossally. The book I reference contains all 116 poems by Catullus, but β€”

            The literature on Catullus is oceanic, colossal, immeasurable even, and cannot be listed here, unlike the adjectives used to describe it. The following is merely a listing of a few sources that English-speaking readers may find useful in pursuing further research on Catullus.
            β€” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_poems_by_Catullus

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