Thursday, January 31, 2013

Doug Cockrell: "Quiet Counsel"

I’ve decided to hold quiet
counsel with the spiders.

Their webs are skeletons
of survival. They rest and hang

sensitively there. A small breeze
may shake them for a moment

But they take a philosophical pose:
a stance against disturbance.

They are there
just to listen.

They are there
just to hold

life, its essence:
so they have more time

to live in the heavy
halls of my home.

"Quiet Counsel" by Doug Cockrell, from A Strange Descending. © Eagle Earth Press, 1992.  

Photography credit: Unknown (originally color).



  1. I love this. I can see a spider contemplating life and how to get into the heavy hall of your home as she sits in her web. :)

    1. Hmmm. Reading this makes me think of a spider as not just a scarey creepy thing....maybe I should be more rational about them and not so creeped out! I like that!


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