Readers make the best companions

Drifting above the room
to areas rarely seen,
the top ledge of the bookshelf
displays a dusty parade
of propped novels read
and some unread
leaning aslant into tomorrow.

The lampshades from here
are tempting orbs
shining upwards,
directing me
in their searchlight nudges,
with adamant requests
to get out a duster and flick
away highlighted cobwebs.

I desist (knowing what I know)

For there’s that old spider reading
“The Time Traveler’s Wife” again,
and I notice its fine silken thread
traversing one room corner
right to the open book.

If only I made the same efforts
to read as it did. So, I assist
turning the page for it (carefully)
and between us we get to page two.

In genuine thanks
it untangles its trap,
and offers me begrudgingly
another free-fly
so I can become accustomed
to these fragile, moth wings.

Here’s hoping it’s a lengthy book
with a happy ending.


8 thoughts on “Readers make the best companions

  1. slpmartin says:

    What a clever and fun poem…it made me laugh outloud…I loved the way you portrayed the room and the spider….just brilliant!

  2. Matt says:

    Thanks very much for commenting, it’s appreciated πŸ™‚

  3. Uncle Tree says:

    Hey there, Matt!

    You’ve caught yourself a good one here! It immediately brought William Blake to my mind.
    And Charlotte’s Web has now shown itself, too.
    It’s an ingeniously cute idea intelligently
    portrayed, and effortlessly spoken.

    In genuine thanks
    it untangles it’s trap,
    and offers me begrudgingly
    another free-fly

    I can just see Spidey doing that sort of thing.
    I’ve a clear picture in my mind, thanks to your
    carefully chosen words. The symbolizations do not
    go unnoticed as one traverses their way from the
    corner to the happily hopeful ending. Your
    metamorphosis of man to moth is magnificent.

    Excellent work!

  4. Matt says:

    Oh, UT, I was just looking around the room and the idea sprang to mind. If you can’t be be bothered to clean away the cobwebs off of the ceiling, I figure the next best thing is to write about them.

  5. nectarfizz says:

    A reader spider. I think I could like this spider.

  6. Nectarfizz says:

    Just as much in love with this poem as I was the first time I read it. Your heart is subtle..but so much richer because one must search out the feel of it. I adore the sentimental echo that lives here..and I quite love the idea of a reading spider as well. It adds to it that I have seen that bookshelf and know you have never killed a single spider if the option of letting it outside existed. You sentimental sweetheart you.

  7. Matt says:

    Library man, library man, does wot a well read spider can.

    ::turns the lyrical page with a web shot aimed right between the eyes::

    Shhhh. Watch out! Here comes the annoyed library man,

    (It’s one of those surreal days)

  8. Nectarfizz says:

    Matt you can be my spiderman any day of the year. πŸ™‚ ❀

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