Webs of Confusion . . .

A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder. ~ Charles Ghigna

There are so many dimensions to spider webs. At times they are beautiful works of art, at others a ratty catch-all net. Some are built for protection and shelter. Most are built to attract, trap and kill.

A spider web’s trickiness and deceptive beauty have influenced many writers throughout history. Most often in relationship to a sinister, devious aspect of life. Like … “Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly (Mary Howitt’s entire poem is here)

And how often have we heard … “Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive!” ~ Sir Walter Scott,

Spider webs complex patterns, invisibility, deception, and strength provide writers with so much imagery for life. I can not think of another object in nature that has so much written about it .. both positive and negative.

“In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled.” ~ Paul Eldridge

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Spider webs inspire thoughts. Not just about lies and death, but a they also make us contemplate the complexity of life .. how everything is woven together and sometimes held together by invisible threads. Spider webs are amazing architectural structures created by tiny little creatures. We wonder how they are woven so exactly and at how strong they are.

“Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.” ~ Virginia Woolf

“Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.” ~ Henry James


~ by bearyweather on October 13, 2012.

7 Responses to “Webs of Confusion . . .”

  1. Though I admit spider tend to creep me out a little, I do enjoy their intricate handiwork! Beautiful shots of the webs. They’re quite plentiful in the fall. I love seeing the webs when I hike…except when I accidentally walk into one!

    • They definitely creep me out … and walking into a web, especially one that hits your face .. makes me feel crawly all day.
      I have attempted spider web pictures in the past .. usually hit and miss whether they turn out. Another blogger told me to try using the flash even on sunny days … so, now it is more hit and less miss. I am now looking for frosty ones.

  2. Great photo of the spider web.

  3. Great photos, Bearyweather. Spider webs fascinate me for all the reasons you mentioned. 🙂

    • I think it was you who suggested using a flash for spider webs … that was a helpful tip. It is difficult to be at a spider web when the sun is shining right on it

  4. I do love spider webs. I do not love confusing webs. but they seem to be part of life…

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