spider on a cold expanse of glass: your padded claws, tiny
to the human eye, never misstep: your leg-hairs hear
the beat of winter’s wings—
find my window’s crack
and crawl in: my home’s dark
corners do not hide a broom: make my room
your own: spin filaments as sanctuary, silk strong enough
to catch the light—
cold-blooded spider: I know you
do not fear winter’s beak: nature has made you predator
and prey: stay
of execution is my offering: all I seek
is fractal consolation from the corner of my eye.
Jude Marr is a Pushcart-nominated nonbinary poet who writes to survive. Jude’s first full-length collection, We Know Each Other By Our Wounds, came out from Animal Heart Press in 2020 and they also have a chapbook, Breakfast for the Birds, from Finishing Line Press in 2017. Their work has appeared in many journals, including Kissing Dynamite, Cherry Tree, Harbor Review and SWWIM. Jude recently relocated back to the UK after 10 years of living, teaching, and learning in the US.