In mortal binding

Why should I save you?

This mayfly, flapping and wriggling like a fish of the air

made of lacework and tarnished copper,

in a web.

Why deprive a spider of rare taste:

this tiny dragon semi bound

by wing to frantic antennae,

crumpled by tenacious silk?


The finest thread of iron glue holds

as you struggle in fragile futility.

I can break the chain with a fine stem,

teasing from your delicacy

and you flicker up like a mechanical jewel

and into your short future.

Why have I saved you?


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