Backyard Bliss I hear hope’s song fill skies today __In trills beyond my door. Her citrus kiss burns through the grey __As martins dip and soar. Their purple sheen in lemon rays Is testament to summer’s gaze--- __It warms me to my core. And as I’m drawn to step outside, Hope’s wonderment won’t be denied. I see joy’s dance in dragonflies __That skim on whirring wing, And butterflies that cram my eyes __With hues so bright they sing. In saffron tones their presence glows A pulse of red, a note of rose--- __Joy’s rainbow chorales ring. And as I lie upon the grass My worries (like the clouds) just pass. I feel love’s lure in fireflies __With winking blinks of green, And in the jasmine-scented highs __Of twilight’s silver scene. As Venus flickers overhead, Love weaves a dream in diamond thread __Through every lunar beam. And as I tread the spangled lawn I praise the hour this day was born. I search for solace in the arms __Of Mother Nature’s care. I know the balm within her charms __Will have me stop and stare At space beyond the racing pace; Beyond dark paths that veer from grace, __Above piques of despair. So, when I’m low and life grows hard, I wander into my backyard. The Spyder Spyder Spyder, spinning fright, In the moon-kissed bloom of night, Gracing air with prayer of death Before dawn draws her morning breath; Cloaked in husk of bristling jet, Lurking in the devil’s net, Willing teasing breeze to bring A lush and juicy wingéd thing; Looming ghoul of drooling fang, Watches flitting pretties hang, Scuttling in to pierce and wrap The manna snared in terror’s trap--- Moreish mite in sticky silk; Hors d’oeuvre served for fiend to milk And guzzle on ambrosial grub With the zeal of Beelzebub…. Spyder Spyder, spinning fright, In the blue-moon doom of night, Lacing air with lair of death Before dawn draws her mourning breath. First published in Expansive Poetry Online Susan Jarvis Bryant is a church secretary and poet whose homeland is Kent, England. She is now an American citizen living on the coastal plains of Texas. Susan has poetry published in the UK webzine, Lighten Up On Line, The Daily Mail, and Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets).