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Poetry Sunday-Weaving A Life

Weaving A Life



When I first looked at the spider, all I could see was a creepy vixen waiting to trap and enslave her prey.  But now, I notice the webs, the homes lovingly created to provide food, shelter and a home to nurture her young.

A mighty creature, the garden spider goes about making beauty all over the garden.  And she also helps keep a healthy habitat for all creatures who rely on the food chain.  Sometimes eating, sometimes eaten~she is essential!

Old tales tell of Grandmother Spider stealing a piece of the sun.  She rode her silken threads back to earth, with her treasure tucked under one of her mighty legs.  And if you look upon her web today, you can still see the sun’s delicate pattern woven there.

And the Ancient Ones wove a spectacular tale about climbing to heaven on spider silk.  Perhaps that is why dream catchers are made in the shape of a spider web.  To catch our dreams as we climb each night into the heavens.



Silken threads glisten

New patterns made on life’s loom

Woven in a moment, a blink




© Donna Donabella 2016




I love watching spiders in our garden.  They make incredible displays from spring into summer and even into fall, where their handiwork glistens in the dew.  You can see those displays below.  They always seem to be weaving a life as they spin their webs.

I created this haibun, to sing their praises.



I am joining in with Poets United for their Poetry Pantry link up.

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I leave you with a few additional words about weaving a life.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2017.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. September 10, 2017    

    Superb write – spiders are fascinating. Creatures

    • September 10, 2017    

      Thanks so much Jae Rose….I agree they are fascinating! I had fun capturing this one up close.

  2. Magical Mystical Teacher Magical Mystical Teacher
    September 10, 2017    

    That loom of life on which our individual tapestries are woven: The patterns keep changing. Nothing stays the same. Some of the patterns are pleasing, and some are disturbing, but somehow each one of them belongs there, and the tapestry would be incomplete if one were missing.

    • September 10, 2017    

      Beautifully said….yes all those patterns and threads on that web are part of our path, good or bad, pleasing or not. We wouldn’t be complete without them. Thank you for that reminder.

  3. September 10, 2017    

    ‘Perhaps that is why dream catchers are made in the shape of a spider web.  To catch our dreams as we climb each night into the heavens’ …oh I love this!❤️ Beautifully executed.

    • September 10, 2017    

      Thanks Sanaa… happy you enjoyed this!

  4. Mary Mary
    September 10, 2017    

    Yes, sometime we need to look at things from a different perspective. Sometime it is the camera (which took such beautiful photos) which helps us do this. You have helped the reader see the beauty in what one might consider ‘creepy’ by both your words and your photos. I do think spiders are helpful in nature – eating other less desirable bugs. Even in a person’s basement they perhaps perform a service…but still I do not like them living side by side in my home with me. Smiles.

    • September 10, 2017    

      I don’t like them inside either Mary….I haven’t been able to shift my perspective from creepy to lovely when I find them inside.

  5. vandana vandana
    September 10, 2017    

    So true, our life is made of these little moments gone in a blink.

    • September 10, 2017    

      I am trying to stay in those little moments more and more these days.

  6. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    September 10, 2017    

    I love the way the spider weaves and is a part of Nature’s weave… I love almost every animal, maybe with the exception of ticks

    • September 10, 2017    

      I am with you with love of most animals…I’ll add mosquitoes to ticks for exceptions.

  7. September 10, 2017    

    delightful haibun Donna! garden spiders help save us from insecticides. Just wondering if you have any biting/poisonous ones – in the UK there is a big scare about the false widow spider bite and reluctantly I find myself being more timorous in the garden especially after spotting a couple in a flower pot

    • September 10, 2017    

      We definitely have biting and seriously poisonous ones in the US but not here….I have been bitten by outside spiders but rarely and nothing serious. I was bitten by one inside the house once and it became immediately seriously infected requiring medical treatment. They definitely can be ominous so I do give them a wide berth.

  8. September 10, 2017    

    So beautiful, poem and images.

    • September 10, 2017    

      Thanks so much for your kind words Sherry!

  9. Bev Bev
    September 10, 2017    

    I love them most on those mornings when dew turns them into jeweled lace sparkling in sunshine! Such a miracle of nature. Loved your poem and photos!

    • September 10, 2017    

      Thanks Bev….I love them covered in dew too!

  10. September 10, 2017    

    Lovely. I am endlessly fascinated by spiders and glad to hear someone sing of their necessity and beauty.

    • September 10, 2017    

      Much maligned and feared….I have a cautious relationship with them….I give them plenty of room to do their work in my garden….endlessly fascinating!

  11. September 10, 2017    

    Oh, wow, I like the idea that we’re climbing to havens every night! super haibun, love the haiku. Donna, I love your new style.

    • September 10, 2017    

      Thank you my friend….these legends from our native cultures are chock full of wonderful stories to spark the imagination.

  12. September 10, 2017    

    Oh, I loved this–the humble spider has so much to teach us! Beautiful write!

    • September 10, 2017    

      Thanks so much Audrey…so happy you liked the haibun…spiders do have so much to teach us, like most of nature.

  13. September 10, 2017    

    I love spiders. They work so hard for their families and they trap harmful little pests. An excellent picture of an oft maligned insect.

    • September 10, 2017    

      Thanks so much…they do work so hard! I am glad you enjoyed the picture.

  14. September 10, 2017    

    Beautiful writing. When I had a garden I was always loath to break up the spiders webs even if they stretched across our walkways (I always let the birds do that!)

    • September 10, 2017    

      Thanks Robin. I also won’t break up spider webs and watch out for them.

  15. September 10, 2017    

    Although – like most people, I think – I would cringe to get one me, yet I greatly revere spiders and see them as useful and beautiful creatures; also highly sentient.

    • September 10, 2017    

      I agree with you Rosemary. Prefer not to have one on me.

  16. September 10, 2017    

    This is a lovely haibun – so much to it, and yet is presents as delicately as the spider webs it celebrates. Wonder-full writing!

    • September 10, 2017    

      Oh thank you Wendy. I love your description.

  17. September 10, 2017    

    A lovely haibun, Donna. Great photos too, especially the spider. You have made a creature that many consider creepy or yucky so fascinating and dynamic. 🙂

    • September 11, 2017    

      Thanks so much….we need so many critters in nature and I love telling their stories.

  18. September 10, 2017    

    The beauty we see, when we care to look beyond what we think we know…

  19. September 10, 2017    

    Lovely, Donna. Thank you!

  20. September 10, 2017    

    “To catch our dreams as we climb each night into the heavens.” Love
    Your haiku is beautiful and love the spiderwebs. We used to catch them as a child
    with a branch Sad when you think of it now. Destroying their house

    • September 11, 2017    

      Oh but as a child you didn’t know so the spiders forgive you….so glad you loved the haibun!

  21. September 11, 2017    

    Love the old folk tale references.

    • September 11, 2017    

      I do too and was happy to add them!

  22. September 12, 2017    

    I’m not a massive lover of spiders, but I suppose I like them a bit more now!
    Wren x

    • September 12, 2017    

      I myself give spiders a wide berth and am cautious…glad you like them a bit more now 🙂

  23. Rommy Rommy
    September 12, 2017    

    I love the sight of a spiderweb in the morning, decorated with dew.

    • September 12, 2017    

      I agree it is quite a special sight.

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