Ol’ spider finally trapped some food tonight.
I’m relieved actually, she was looking a little pale.
Desperate buzzing is a very sad noise.
That poor fly tried to escape, tangling deeper as she inched close, creeping in such a way, I felt glad to be down here.
I couldn’t watch.
So I listened to thunder instead.
Rain tonight means lots of worms for the girls tomorrow. Makes me jealous, really.
I quite enjoy tub service, but I miss getting my beak dirty.
“Not fair!” Sophia yells, three rooms away. “You never let me—”
A door slams.
I want to hear what they never let her do.
I wish they’d turn on the lights.
The room is dark and the dark clouds are making it darker.
Christopher’s in there hollering about focus! and how many times does nine go into thirty-six!
That’s something we really couldn’t hear outside —arguing.
I don’t like it.
FOUR! Sophia yells, stomping so hard my bathtub trembles.
Thunder outside, thunder inside.
Now rain slaps the window like it’s mad about something.
zzzzzzz . . . zz
. . . z
I stare at the soap dish.
Maybe she had eggs in the compost, that fly. Maybe she had a sister.
The soap is slivery thin like a waning moon, a single hair its prisoner.
We have a lot in common, me and that hair, trapped in white.
Spider’s over there wrapping her prize and I think about fate.
Maybe life’s divided in two.
One half thinking you know stuff and the other half wishing you didn’t.
I miss my sister.
I miss my old life.
Okay, sorry about all that.
Dwelling on the past
Feeling sorry for yourself
I don’t know why that raccoon chose me, but he did. So now I just have to get on with it.
The big, proverbial it.
Tonight the moon’ll chase the sun, and tomorrow a rooster will crow whether we like the noise or not.
And let’s face it.
If that raccoon had gone after Wanda instead of me, there’d be three hens alive right now instead of four.
Chickens will be chickens.
Plus all the worrying would interrupt my healing.
Christopher keeps sighing at me with worried eyes and I’m not having that.
Not after all he’s done.
I heard him say maybe I should be an inside chicken and something about diapers.
If that means what I think it means—
Speaking of inside, I hope they don’t clean the windows.
Spider looks tired today.
Her fly’s all wrapped up like a wooly burrito.
One ambitious wipe and her life would be over.
I tried expressing this on her behalf. But it came out beCAW!
–and made my human jump.
A mistake perhaps.
They like quiet on the toilet.
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