Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Vine


Last summer’s silver remnant,
this weathered stem of goldenrod, long passed,
tolerant of the youngster’s questioning.
Patiently waiting,
as arms reach, fingers probe.

Between the two,
a spider.




Who, thinking I envy his catch,
tucks himself quickly behind.




Then, remembers
some things are worth fighting for.




Like the ant,
who carelessly climbed
the silver summer stem
beneath the vine.


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18 comments:

Marvin said...

I wonder how high the vine would climb if it had a strong enough support to wind around?

Michelle Johnson said...

Stimulating. Your words are always well selected and perched upon nature's pillow so beautifully. Hope all is well. Have a great day.

Carol said...

This is beautiful...lovely interplay of words and photos...

RuneE said...

Words and music - the music being the photos: Excellent!

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

A small drama of stem and vine, spider and prey wonderfully rendered into photos and words. Great macro shot!

photowannabe said...

This poem is so musical and fits perfectly with the photos. I love how the tendrils of the vine just embrace the stalk.

Babooshka said...

Words wrapping round the vine is sublime.

Anna said...

Your words always complement your images so beautifully Nina ! What a gift you have.

Susan said...

Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing...

Grace and Bradley said...

Beautiful shots. But the last one, how interesting that you caught it in action.

jay said...

The pictures of the vine climbing the old stem would have been enough, but the little story was enchanting!

Marie Reed said...

What a creative soul you have!

Rose said...

A wonderful poem, made even more vivid by the photos illustrating it. You are so creative, Nina! And patient, too, to get these excellent shots.

Q said...

Dear Nina,
I look forward to ABC Wednesday and your posts.
The relationships in Nature are always interesting. Your view always inspiring.
Thank you.
Sherry

Mary said...

Nina, your story - perfect! You are working your macro so well. I wonder how close you were to that jumping spider. I'm not that brave.

Mary

Tumblewords: said...

As always, a lovely blog to visit. Excellent photos and narrative.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I wonder if soldiers in battle ever think about their surroundings. Do they ever see the vines growing up trees or flowers blooming? Or do they, most probably, concentrate on the battle before them.

onangelwings said...

This is too cool. How strange is that little guy?