Spider Catch – Mark Youssef

In the crook
of a hawthorn sapling,
nets like lace
seine the wind
for dobsonfly,
flesh fly,
chromatic back.

The orb weaver,
still
In the spiraling tension –
Looks at me as I look back.

M YoussefMark Youssef is a practicing physician and graduate student in the English at Northern Kentucky University. He lives in Newport, Kentucky with his wife, daughter, two dogs, two cats and multiple plants.