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Her Wings Not Strong Enough (reprise)

She hangs
Lifeless
Luminous melon-green wings
Immobile

He set his trap
Her crime flying too close
Caught in the web
Of a foe she dwarfs

Helpless against his cunning
She gave up
Her wings not strong enough
Invisible threads stole her freedom

One would not guess
The spider could win
With a weave so delicate
It belies intent

A beautiful creature
Even in death
Did she succumb too soon
Unaware of her power?

Her captor not present
To claim his prey
I cut her loose
Denying him reward

She falls to the ground
And I wonder why it is
I would presume
The insects’ genders.

©2018 Patricia A. Nugent

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