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Spider vs Mantis

The Debate

as i sit upon my porch 
the red orange sun dying like a torch 
the strangest conversation i overheard 
a spider and a mantis speaking words 

says spider to mantis

“how do you sit about all day,
without a place to stay?
is that really how you prey?”

says mantis to spider

“why do you hang about that way, 
just to be busy all day?
is that really how you play?”

arachnid responds 

“i am resourceful i'll use any corner for my lair,
when it’s complete i hide and wait there.
infinity in my web i balance 
i feel it vibrate and then i pounce!
Miss Mantis your life is dull and dreary, 
you need a web like me my deary!”

cousin of the roach replies

“i am patient and intuitively calm,
i sit like a leaf without a qualm,
i meditate about the simplest things,
then i strike with sharpened springs!
Miss Spider you're the boring one,
i travel with the wind just for fun!”

the mantis sitting the spider doing  
the spider spinning the mantis knowing 
winds of eternity flow and ebb
the mantis praying in the spider's web

Copyright © Francis Castaneda | Year Posted 2016

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  1. Date: 4/16/2016 4:30:00 PM

    francis castaneda, Nice to read your poem today. enjoyed ~LINDA~
  1. Date: 2/1/2016 4:24:00 PM

    well expressed,,,, Love LINDA

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