It was the tiny spider in the delicate, worn web that inspired this. Each year I leave the plants in my garden standing for the birds, insects and other residents of my graden to use for winter accommodations. This spring, as I began preparing the site section by section I happened to see this spider and her delicate web outlined in the spring sunshine. She had died but continued to cling there all winter long, and her web held up against any number of storms. All the other native plants had left behind their skeletons, and the effect of all these was haunting. I had to let them say their last goodbye.
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