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A Tale of Survival

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A Tale of Survival

A naive grasshopper 
 spun in the death web of a starving wolf spider,
Providing hours of facination and wonder to the curious child
He too must learn survival of the fittest
 the laws and rules his own kind has created 
"For my own good indeed" he mutters under his breath
The spider has his fill 
 wraps the remaining morsel for another day
 The child sighs and rolls over in the tall  swale
 and with artistic fingers draws outltlines of the billowing clouds above.
"This is me being free" he boldly declares to the universe.
The spider retreats to his cave sated and satisfied
 provision somehow made it to his doorstep just in time. 
The child rises and crosses the field
 to where the monster with the heavy hand is waiting to greet him
 and the cold shiver begins.
"Who will rescue me today", he silently wonders,
 but today survival of the fittest he will learn well, 
and like the spider 
he will retreat to that special cave he has created 
where the vicious blows are never felt. 
And the child lives another day.

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  1. Date: 12/21/2012 5:06:00 PM
    This is a very engaging poem, it demanded my attention with every line! Very well done my friend, I love it :)

  1. Date: 11/25/2012 7:21:00 PM
    Carl, wow..children can express so much,,, survival to all... oi,, to the spider... always~ LINDA

    Fraser Avatar Carl Fraser
    Date: 11/26/2012 8:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for lookin at this one Linda, this one is personal, the child was me, your comment always welcomed, blessings Carl
  1. Date: 11/24/2012 4:58:00 PM
    love the images and the comparison of the spider to the child...you spun a beautiful poem! Well done!

    Fraser Avatar Carl Fraser
    Date: 11/24/2012 6:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Sandra, i used to stare at the spiders for hours sometimes. Thank you for commenting, Carl
  1. Date: 11/24/2012 4:29:00 PM
    Carl, your poem is very deep and profound, well done, Constance

    Fraser Avatar Carl Fraser
    Date: 11/24/2012 6:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Constance for taking time to read, very much appreciated, Carl
  1. Date: 11/24/2012 3:16:00 PM
    wonderful write Carl

    Fraser Avatar Carl Fraser
    Date: 11/24/2012 6:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for reading Richard. I truly appreciate it, Carl
  1. Date: 11/24/2012 9:38:00 AM
    Thought provoking write Carl! I like the illustration of the spider and how you've used it to spin a tale of survival for the child. Very well written!

    Fraser Avatar Carl Fraser
    Date: 11/24/2012 11:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Vicky, your comments are greatly appreciated, blessings Carl
  1. Date: 11/24/2012 8:54:00 AM
    this is really interesting to read. It makes me feel like I'm in a future where nobody is safe, like that depicted by the tv shows walking dead or Revolution. Do you follow those two shows? they are amazing. Like your poem!

    Fraser Avatar Carl Fraser
    Date: 11/24/2012 9:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Andrea for reading and commenting, and to answer your question, no i really watch very little tv, i just dont seem to have the time. Blessings, Carl
  1. Date: 11/24/2012 8:22:00 AM
    Very passionately written, my friend! An excellent write... cheers, Jack

    Fraser Avatar Carl Fraser
    Date: 11/24/2012 6:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Jack, your comments are highly respected,Carl