Friday, July 8, 2016


i am a weaver
(my mom's birth name was weaver)
trained by a weaver
at university
not this weaver
but early this morning
a weaver wasn't showing up,
but had spun and woven
a beautiful web.
it's probably a grass spider, 
 a funnel weaver,
because i am a bit squeemish about spiders
i didn't try to temp it
into showing up
(though i thought about doing that)
 i know where the front door is
i was tempted to take this frisbee-sized web home
to spin into a thread for myself
i didn't.
i went out walking
just after the light show ended,
on this misty morning.
and then i heard the morning news.
there is no sense.
we are doomed.
too much violence.
too much.


jude said...


||| laura frantz ||| said...

I am a total stranger to you, but have been reading your blog for a long time. I'm a 40-something mom, wife, full-time office job, sneaking art in around the edges of life. I love your words and pictures and am very inspired by your work. Thank you for sharing your world and thoughts. And for what it's worth, I don't think we are doomed as long as there is beauty in the world--and you contribute much beauty to the world.

Velma Bolyard said...

jude, yes
laura, thank you for your kindness. there is beauty, but dammit people are so hard on beauty.

Susan McQuade said...

saw those webs on our lawn and bushes here in Illnois this am, as well. Fascinating!

Velma Bolyard said...

susan, i've noticed them many times before, but this one was all alone and said, "pay attention!".

Anonymous said...

trying to understand, here - across the border - but it is hard,very hard.

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, oh, god, it is.

Mo Crow said...

thank you for weaving your light with hope and love into our beautiful broken world

Velma Bolyard said...

mo, beautiful AND broken, yes.

Ms. said...

I see by so many others in this grand virtual web that we are all exhausted and/or deeply saddened. I'm just sharing this beautiful song and virtually hugging every living being

Barry said...

Hi V - those spiders just seem to do it so well. Beautiful. B

Velma Bolyard said...

michelle, thank you. keeping the web intact.
barry, yes. a uni (as y'all say in oz) degree and i can't do it as well. not even close...

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