Alison Cassidy

Rookie (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

Arachnological Persistence - Poem by Alison Cassidy

A tiny umbrella spider
fastened his thread of pearl
to a water fern
and jumped...

He fell into the swirling water
and was swept away.

Next day
he was there again -
same place, same fern.
He jumped again...

This time the current was stronger.
He nearly drowned.

Next day,
he was there again.

This time he crawled
to the very edge of the fern's green lace
and studied the water
for a long, long time.

Then he began to bounce
up and down,
up and down on that tiny fern
till it rose really high.

When he finally let go...

(holding on tight to his pearly umbrella)
and was carried all the long way to the opposite bank.

And so began the widest pearl net in all the world.

This poem was inspired by 'The Education of Little Tree' by Forrest Carter - one of the most beautiful books I've ever read.

Comments about Arachnological Persistence by Alison Cassidy

  • (11/11/2007 4:00:00 PM)

    Allie, now that is what you call determination. Top marks and thanks for sharing it my friend.
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  • (11/10/2007 12:50:00 AM)

    ...............................................................delightful sweetheart (Report) Reply

  • (11/8/2007 5:10:00 PM)

    What a delightful poem this was! I loved it! (Report) Reply

  • (11/6/2007 4:21:00 PM)

    Oh, what a spendid web conceived
    By Spides, who in himself believed!

    Alison, you undoubtedly have a marvellous knack for observational pieces based on nature. I may have alluded to this fact previously, but it is nevertheless, worth repeating.

    Greg XXO
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  • (11/6/2007 4:38:00 AM)

    Alison, I read the Education of Little Tree and was moved by it also. Great poem! (Report) Reply

  • (11/4/2007 2:46:00 PM)

    This is delightful Allie - a visual gem with a resounding sentiment. I'm going to have to read the book that inspired you now! Justine xx (Report) Reply

  • (11/4/2007 7:58:00 AM)

    A wonderful inspiring poem Ally, love the sound and sights of this piece. Thank you for mentioning this book earlier, it is beautiful! Hugs, Diane (Report) Reply

  • (11/4/2007 7:28:00 AM)

    Alison's admirable loveventure
    into the realm of arachnids
    who share this world with us
    in silence
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  • (11/4/2007 6:17:00 AM)

    How did you manage to imbue in me an admiration for the thing i hate most in the world? t x (Report) Reply

  • (11/4/2007 5:36:00 AM)

    Reminds me of Bruce and the spider.

    I love the way you have sewn the verses together into a neat, interesting little tale sprinkled with delightful images.

    The 'PLOP' works well to create a nice visual in the mind's eye.

    Alison, in all your work, your love for and of life (all life: be it of a dog, a cat, a peacock or a spider) emerges with grace, charm and mellifluous fluidity of a brook in sylvan surrounds.

    Take care...
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  • (11/4/2007 4:42:00 AM)

    A delightful poem with a strong moral. Robert the Bruce would surely approve....

    Love, Fran xxx
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  • (11/4/2007 3:32:00 AM)

    Spider's journey is very exceptional. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 4, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, April 22, 2011

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