Delicate Strength

The spiders with their pot-bellied bodies and beady eyes, are not beauteous objects, but a spider-web in the sunshine with dew upon it, is one of the loveliest things in the world. ~Dorothy Scarborough, American writer

Sparkling drops of water

Play upon her handiwork.

Inconceivable, isn’t it, that

Dew can magnify beauty

Even for such a short while?

Rare is the person on earth

Who can appreciate the weaver

Every bit as much as the creation

By which she’s famously known.

Note: This is an Acrostic poem. You got the message, right?

21 thoughts on “Delicate Strength

  1. Debbie, this is so beautiful because it exemplifies just how special, magical, and glorious nature is.

    And I love how you said this…

    “Rare is the person on earth

    Who can appreciate the weaver

    Every bit as much as the creation.”


    Thank you for this today. At a time in our lives when there is so much “negative focus” being thrown at us over and over again, it’s so refreshing to see someone focus on the positive and beauty within this world.

    Have a terrific week, my friend! X

    P.S. Excellent photograph!

    • Ron, I’m happy to focus on the positive and optimistic, and it makes me happy to hear I succeeded this time! You’re so right: there are just too many negatives swirling around right now, and if we aren’t mindful, those dark emotions can overwhelm us. And wouldn’t that be tragic?

      Enjoy the week ahead, my friend. We’re in for more rain, I’m afraid, and then a significant cool down. The cool is something I’m looking forward to. The rain? Not so much! xx

    • Thank you, Kathy. Our spiders have been almost as busy as our squirrels, getting ready for Fall. I find it fascinating that Nature’s critters are rarely caught off guard when it comes to the changing of seasons.

    • Thanks very much, Amy. I’m so happy you found this web as pretty as I did. Not that I’m a big spider fan (especially when thy get into my house!), but it’s impossible not to appreciate their creations.

  2. Well done, Debbie! It’s not easy to make a poem that requires a certain letter at the start of each line to flow naturally, but you’ve really succeeded here! I fear I’m not one of those who can appreciate the creator when it comes to spiderwebs… ugh! 🕷🕸

    • I’m thrilled you found this poem enjoyable, my friend! I know just what you mean about spiders. If it weren’t for the fact that I’m working as a Web Designer, I’m not sure I’d have much tolerance for the little eight-legged creatures either. But their webs are almost always perfectly lovely!

  3. I’m not sure I would have noticed that it was an acrostic poem, but once you mentioned it, I said, “Of course!” Very nicely done — and very appealing to one like me who likes spiders, webs, and dew!

    • Thank you, Linda … both for your visit here and for your beautiful compliment! I can totally appreciate a spider’s creation (unless I accidentally run into a web!), but I’m not a big spider fan. I don’t go stomping on them unnecessarily, but neither do I go out of my way to carry them back outdoors. Maybe I should … they do such gorgeous work!

  4. Beautifully written acrostic poem, Debbie! As Dorothy Scarborough observes, the beauty of their webs contrasts sharply with the appearance of the creators. 🙂 Love how you compare dew to a magnifier of that beauty.

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