Whenever he finds a spider

in the house he leaves it alone

life is tough enough

he reasons even for spiders.

But sometimes one will show up

in the bedroom

around bedtime

and his wife notices and says

“either that spider goes or I do”

So of course he captures it

releases it outside

where it belongs anyway

but honestly at times

he’s tempted to leave

the damn thing

right where she found it.





For obvious reasons the first rule in any art gallery

or museum is don’t touch the art

even if the works seem to be behind glass


Is that really glass he asks the guard

we’ve never seen that before and we’ve been

to the Louvre in Paris and the Guggenheim in New York


Yes the guard says folding his arms across his chest.

It’s expensive but we had to do it

there’s a 1/8th inch space


Between the glass and the painted surface

especially critical if we ship them—

wow so that really is glass he interrupts


Suddenly reaching out tapping the glass with his finger

of course he knows he shouldn’t

be touching the art in any way but seriously


The guard is standing right next to the painting

talking to him how the hell

could he not tap the glass!


by Michael Estabrook

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