He gave her a spider (My Book, 1st installment)
March 17, 2012, 12:01 am
Filed under: Book

I feel pressed to write (or post something). The only thing I can write that would make me feel like I actually did something is my “book.” (Plus, I’m tired.) So, here’s a part of my “book” I wrote a couple of days ago, and plan to post in its entirety here. I may edit it later, or not. I’m trying to allow myself more.

The Things He Gave Her

1. He gave her a spider.

“Hush, little baby, don’t say a word, Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird./ And if that mockingbird don’t sing…” — from “Hush, Little Baby”

It never occurred to her it would matter. She was just a little brown-skinned girl looking at a spider in its web. It was a big spider. The girl felt like the spider shouldn’t be there. She felt like she shouldn’t get to see it. It was a bright, sunny, summer morning.  The spider was in the shade on the side of the girl’s house in the stems of a rosebush. It was doing something, maybe fixing up its web in a corner, or maybe sitting in the center.

The little girl watched the spider a long time. She knew the spider did gross things and no one could stop it. She would have stayed to watch longer but she knew she could get nothing more. She left, maybe to play with her sister, or maybe she had to go inside. Back to doing whatever there was to do.  Life.

The spider was in a rosebush on Rose Street, and the girl’ middle name was Rose. Maybe the story wanted to be remembered.



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