She remains perched in her corner, silent and still, although the morning breeze bounces her home. It sways back and forth, and sunlight glistens off its silken, woven strands. Beads of dew cling to edges of the web, but as the sun rises, the droplets slowly fade away, moisture evaporating into a gentle, summer day.
Shiny, black legs stretch from a yellow and black core, perfectly positioned over the web’s zig-zag center. Her body is calm, unmoving, not a single twitch or readjustment to be made. She radiates a protective peace throughout the garden, keeping predators at bay. All who dwell here know the consequences of venturing too closely.
I stare in awe at her majestic beauty, her unyielding patience, careful to keep my distance from her intricate creation. She guards her kingdom, a fearless queen, as I tend to mine.
Trickling melon vines curl beneath her web, and behind her, baby sunflower stalks aim for the sky. Golden rays caress the delicate petals and unfurling leaves of her precious court, the portrait of powerful, elegant grace.
I smile as I back away, dipping my chin toward her magnificent kingdom.
Her response is almost imperceptible, but I see it – the gentle rising and lowering of her leg – a wave of peaceful farewell, her sign of mutual respect.
Until next time, dear Queen.
Deana Lisenby is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in kinesiology. She currently works as a wellness manager at a high-end retirement community in Dallas, TX. She is a certified yoga teacher, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor. In her free time, Deana enjoys reading, writing, and spending time outdoors with her husband, son, and two dogs. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Dwelling Literary and the Journal on Active Aging. You may follow her writing journey on Twitter @deana_kay_2013.