Protected Zone


Protected Zone

Our new pet’s experimental—
its domain an environmental
zone that’s been declared protected
ever since the kids detected
the cobweb that is stretched out there
between the wall and etagere.

The spider that constructed it—
every gossamer sticky bit—
and its process of mastication
is the object of much fascination.
Though I’d like to be done with it,
the kids have too much fun with it.

The spider, finished with its knitting,
spends the rest of its time sitting
surveying new bugs caught in it,
then eating what they’ve got in it.
And though I find this plot most grim,
it seems it’s more than just a whim.

We’ve been told we’re not to maul it
since Sis found a name to call it.
And that is why we’ve been adjusting
areas that we’ve been dusting,
and the web that’s stretched from shelf to picture
has become a permanent fixture.

Prompt words today are cobwebs, experimental, maul and picture.

Also, for dVerse Poets Open Link.

24 thoughts on “Protected Zone

  1. SAM VOELKER

    Yes, like it, well done, been there done that, at least once a week,,,, in the face. BUT while you got me on that “etagere”, I got you on the word mastication, spiders do not masticate, the little suckers~! Ha~!, it is seldom that I can do that~!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      https://core.ac.uk/reader/228073380
      “Standard accounts of how spiders obtain food without masticating their prey are probably largely wrong. . . .Some spiders, such as mygalomorphs, many araneids,linyphiids, agelenids and lycosids, use their large cheli-cerae and the teeth on the distal margin of the basalcheliceral segment to crush and masticate their prey,turning it into ‘‘a pulpy mass’’ (Bertkau, 1885 in Bartels,1930) as they feed. Thus, the spider’s regurgitated diges-tive juices have ample access to the internal tissues ofthe prey (Kaestner, 1968; Collatz, 1987), and the spideralso has direct access to the nutrient-laden fluid fromthe interior of the prey. The mechanics of ingestionseem relatively simple in these groups.”

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      1. lifelessons Post author

        The spider photographed, as a matter of fact, was the pet of friends nd when they pointed it out to their gardener and explained this, he promptly killed it! A problem in translation. R.I.P. Arachnid.

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  2. SAM VOELKER

    Wow that got you running to Google didn’t it, should I make my point too~? I still say they suck, even if they must first mess it up~! Ha~! Now I have one brown recluse here that does “bite like hell”, and I do have a terrible scar to prove it~! I guess there are arguments on both sides of this subject, but this morning my argumentative side was taking preference~!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Brown recluse are really dangerous. I have a friend who nearly lost her leg when she was bitten. That was the only thing I was warned to look out for when I moved to Australia–Brown Recluse and Funnel Web spiders!

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      1. SAM VOELKER

        Wow I did not know that they were also in Australia, I guess due to the fact that they hide under things they could travel by boat to almost anywhere.. We really must watch out for them here, (which I failed to do), I did got bitten when I put my hand under the fender of my tractor…. it did not hurt at first, but did make a terrible sore and looks bad even today.

        Whether or not spiders chew or not has been an argument every sense I took high school general science.. Another long story~! Guess it must be because they really do not have teeth like ours~! You yourself accused me of being a bit of a trouble maker though~!

        I did enjoy my balloon ride yesterday, though I was disappointed in not having another friend along with me.. Ginny, my friend was supposed to go up with me back on my birthday and had actually come down to help me celebrate but the direction of the wind cancelled that.

        Tami, no longer stays near me sense my new house guest are staying over in my barn.. They have a pet rabbit (!!!) and Tami is infatuated with it…. She just sits there and stomps her front feet at it, and the rabbit then stomps hers back.. Will post photos, they may be staying there until toward the end of the year… So far all is well with my having others so close to my way of life, this is Ginny’s brother and his wife, so I must watch my “mean ways” for now~!

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          1. SAM VOELKER

            Good for you, I often feel “out of place” when wearing mine here in Texas where they like to think of it is “un-American” to wear a mask, or take a shot~! I have not been to a good play or even a good concert in over a year, but I have been able to listen in on a few friends playing good Jazz, Blues, and even Pop. My new car dictated that I needed a new I phone and now I am re learning that I can enjoy good classical music once again while driving. My hearing problem dictated the addition of a great sound system in my car.

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  3. lovemorestudio

    Our house is a no-kill shelter for spiders, although the largest and hairiest of them get shuffled out the door by putting a cup over them and then slipping a piece of stiff paper underneath. Works like a charm-ish. ~peace, Jason

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  4. sanaarizvi

    Ever since I was little I have been afraid of them but at the same time been a huge fan of spider-man haha go figure! Love the light-heartedness of this poem, Judy! 💝💝

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