Illustration by Modita.

Black Widow’s Web by Janet Reed


Illustration by Modita.
Illustration by Modita.

Strong and thick, you
weave your slick web
in recesses of matter,
deep in your small mind –

you think, wait, pray –
preying on innocence
capturing weakness
planning domination.

Your retinas mirror
the red of your belly;
you watch –smug
as your victims’ breaths
grow rapid with fear,
recede in despair.

Some arachnid sisters
spin delicate doilies –
their internecine desires
merged into silk art,
fine lace canvases
of cause and effect stretched
between leaf and limb.

Not you, though, black one.
Aching need has no craft.
Melodrama is your vehicle.


About the Author

Janet Reed

Janet Reed teaches writing and literature at Crowder College in Missouri.  She is a Prius-driving, Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging flower child whose poems reflect conversations she has with voices in her head.  She is a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work has been published and is forthcoming in multiple journals, and she is currently at work on her first chapbook.


About the Illustrator

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Modita is doing engineering in UIET, Panjab University, Chandigarh. She aims to travel
the world and has becoming famous as an artist on her bucket list. Her Plan A is to make her parents proud and Plan B is to open up an Art Gallery. You can find her works on Instagram and her Facebook page.


Black Widow’s Web is one of the many amazing poems from the upcoming fourth edition of the literary collection The Machinery.

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