Poetry Friday: Tarantulas on the Lifebuoy

October 10th, 2008

This week’s poetry selection comes from our editor Bill Varner again:

There are some poems one returns to again and again, poems that, for many reasons, connect with you more than most others. Tom Lux’s “Tarantulas on the Lifebuoy” is one of those poems for me. Perhaps because I’m a bit of an arachnophobe, perhaps because it articulates mercy so well, perhaps because I don’t want big spiders in my sock drawer. Whatever the reason, I just never get tired of this poem.

Tarantulas on the Lifebuoy

By Thomas Lux

For some semitropical reason
when the rains fall
relentlessly they fall

into swimming pools, these otherwise
bright and scary
arachnids. They can swim
a little, but not for long

and they can’t climb the ladder out.
They usually drown—but
if you want their favor,
if you believe there is justice,
a reward for not loving

The rest can be found here.

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  • 1. TadMack  |  October 10th, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Oh, this is precious! As much as I really would NOT like to have this arachnid encounter, I would like to believe that a lifebuoy for the ugly or dangerous is something I would do…

  • 2. Mary Lee  |  October 10th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Sounds like a good life mission statement — to fling lifebuoys into every body of water one encounters.

    I’ll do it for you if you’ll do it for me!

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