The spider outside my window (A poem)

For the last few weeks, there has been a rather large spider web outside my bathroom window, built by a rather impressive-looking spider. The spider seems to occupy the web only during the day; at night, it camouflages itself by moving up to the back of the outdoor floodlight…

Her web deformed by the first rains of autumn,
the spider perches behind the light
She ignores the smaller prey
trapped within its strands
The effort seems too much
rebuilding is hard enough as it is

The chance of rescue is long out of sight
gone is the hope that was once
the only thing worth holding onto
She curls up against the light to keep warm
while considering her options
ahead of the next storm

(25 October 2015)