Where The Wall Meets The Floor

by Rachel Creager Ireland

Bugs come in through cracks around the windows and doors
and probably also along the line where the wall meets the floor.
Seal up the cracks? Trade crickets for gnats.

Bugs come in, and they draw spiders
like a movie star trails friends,
prey and predator inextricable.
Spiders make webs, eat bugs, leave tiny black and white spots
on the floor, lay eggs, make many more tinier spiders,
make lots more webs.

A Sisyphean task, keeping the webs down, endless sweeping.
But even if you closed the door and walked away and
did not enter that room for many years, the process would continue,
if not intensify. There’s no avoiding it. Nothing to do

but keep sweeping. Scrub those tiny black spots.
Keep an eye out for webs. They’re all around the windows and doors,
also along the line where the wall meets the floor.

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