I feel it to be a noble deed
to refrain from killing spiders that enter the house,
and to instead capture and release them back into the wild.
My reasoning behind such action
is not to pat myself on the back
and feign a false sense of honor,
it is simply because it would hurt my conscience
to take an innocent life without just cause.
Yet, such a Jainist attitude
can sometimes get one in trouble
when the spider crawling upon one’s shirt
is carefully maneuvered onto the bed to be caught
but then quickly gets lost in the design of the sheets,
never to be found again…
because then there is a damned creepy-crawly on the loose
and it gives one the damned heebie-jeebies.
© Scott Thomas Outlar
Excerpt from the book “Happy Hour Hallelujah”
About the Author
Scott Thomas Outlar resides in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia where he spends the hours flowing and fluxing with the ever-changing currents of the Tao River while laughing at and/or weeping over life’s existential nature. He hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, and interviews can be found. His poem “Poetic Points” was nominated for Best of the Net by The Mind[less] Muse in 2015. Since beginning to submit his work in 2014, he has had more than 800 poems appear in over 200 print and/or online venues, both in the United States and internationally. He has been a weekly contributor to the Sunday Poetry Page of the social justice newsletter Dissident Voice for the past two years. Scott’s most recent chapbook “Songs of a Dissident” was released through Transcendent Zero Press.
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