an ordinary and routine act

- after 'The Patience of Ordinary Things', by Pat Schneider

I'd been thinking about
the patience, forgiveness even,
of spiders in my apartment

Just the other day, all I did was
take my car out: A seemingly
ordinary and routine activity
that led to the loss of a home,
for that spider.

And this happened every day...

One day, I stopped to ask
Doesn't it bother you? That a seemingly
ordinary and routine act of mine
leads to the loss of your home?

The spider said,
Yes, it does.  But it is an
ordinary and routine act
for me to rebuild.

                    - Swami Ganesan, Chennai

photo by N. Wingate

photo by N. Wingate