The Black Swallowtail Mystery


I saw her struggling on a spiderweb on my son’s grave. Many times, I have seen Black Widow spiders there many times. Since I study spiders, I took it as a message, “I’m, here, Mom, I love you.” Now a butterfly was caught in a Black Widow’s web. I study Butterflies too. This must be a message,

Quickly, I released the Black Swallowtail butterfly from the web. I had to work to untangle the stiff web from her leg without hurting her. I wonder if she knew that I had saved her. I wonder what the Black Widow was trying to tell me, catching one of my favorite creatures for her “dinner”.

My heart, already damaged was beating hard. I was shaking. I had to kill the spider, I had no choice. What was going to happen? Was it good, at least for me, or bad-perhaps for someone else. I took a moment to recover. It isn’t easy to get up with a metal hip. I have to get into a position which is rather like a baby starting to crawl, find something to lean on-to help me rise up. My sons black obsidian grave stone.

“What’s wrong?” my son ask when I stumbled in the door, tears running down my cheek.

“I don’t know.” I mumbled. But something is.

All I can do now is wait for the Butterfly and black widow to reveal their message.


7 Responses so far »

  1. 2

    Wisper said,

    I love this! The beauty and the pain are perfectly balanced here. Well done and thank’s for linking up!

  2. 3

    Sandra Bennett said,

    I am still pondering this…and what meaning it could hold.

  3. 5

    Enigma said,

    Magistral esay….

  4. 6

    The Real Cie said,

    This is a very interesting work. I would like to see more of it.
    During my father’s memorial service, a butterfly flew by and off through the graveyard while a bagpiper played “Amazing Grace.” My mother felt it was a sign from my father.

  5. 7

    Is the web the anguish which has ensnared your own self?

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