GRANDMOTHER'S SPIDERS

grandmother's spiders
live in the third basement
in her scarsdale house
the basement with the floral couch
and the wicker chairs
she couldn't abandon
in 1990
beautiful chairs
shame to just throw them out

grandmother has many spiders
but these are her happiest ones
ticking their legs around
in the moist wooden silence
trying to see how calm they can be

on five pitch moonless wicker chairs
that embody everything good about 1967-1978
with a gentleness that astounds even the spiders