Cartwheeling Spiders

by Jenny McBride

No time for the eight-step
these spiders are taking the desert
as if by skateboard,
cruising acrobatically,
they are the handspring wheels
of nature brainstorming locomotion.

Half the time
the world is upside down
And half the time
it’s just the other way around.
They roll from toe to toe
rocking the ride.


Jenny McBride’s writing has appeared in Tidal Echoes, The Prairie Light Review, Rappahannock Review, Common Ground Review, Streetwise, Conclave, and other publications. She makes her home in the rainforest of southeast Alaska.