FOUND POEM: “Spider Flight”

Spider Flight

 

Spiders have no wings, 

but take to the air 

nonetheless.     climb, 

raise abdomens to sky, 

extrude strands of silk, 

and float    away.  

ballooning.  away         

from predators 

     competitors

toward new lands 

       abundant resources. 

 

two-and-a-half miles up, 

1,000 out to sea.

 

sense the Earth’s electric field, 

use it to launch   into air     

thunderstorms crackle 

around the world, 

Earth’s atmosphere a circuit. 

The upper reaches 

           a positive charge, 

the planet’s surface 

           a negative. 

 

operate within increase 

those forces   climb 

twigs, leaves,  blades of grass. 

 

Plants, being earthed, 

protrude into the positively charged 

 

electric fields between the air around 

and tips of leaves and branches

spiders detect 

 

ruffle tiny sensory hairs on feet, 

like when you rub a balloon 

and hold it to your hair



a set of movements     Tiptoeing—

help gauge wind    speed    direction. 

 

prepare for flight 




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*Found poem based on text found in article, Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity, by Ed Yong published in the Atlantic on July 5, 2018.

**image courtesy of publicdomainpictures.net via Creative Commons Licensing.