the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

silken strand

The spider, dropping down from twig,
Unwinds a thread of her devising:
A thin, premeditated rig
To use in rising.

And all the journey down through space,
In cool descent, and loyal-hearted,
She builds a ladder to the place
From which she started.

Thus I, gone forth, as spiders do,
In spider’s web a truth discerning,
Attach one silken strand to you
For my returning.

Natural History, E.B. White

photo: picasso with wife  Jacqueline
and a beautiful read: about her



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i have to tell you

I have to tell you,
there are times when
the sun strikes me
like a gong,
and I remember everything,
even your ears.

~ Dorothea Grossman

photo: here