Sunday August 07, 2011

Thin fog. A spiderweb spread like a handkerchief a few inches above the ground has a large collection of raindrops, each of them perfect.



    In an early morning drizzle, the spiderweb
    catches globules of rain on its fragile net.

    Like a lost handkerchief blown off the grass,
    the gossamer threads cover a bald patch

    which could use the raindrops in this heat.
    Like an accidental safety net, it holds rain

    that could have fallen on scorched ground.
    But that is not our call, is it? Random rain

    falls where it could spawn floods to drown
    hungry children or rot unsprouted grain.

    Where are those safety nets when you need
    them? Who maps their use like spiderwebs?

    —Albert B. Casuga

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