Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity


He started from an aquilegia flower.

But how he got there, I will never know.

A good half metre from the ground, he was,

Wrapped round the petals,

Swaying to and fro.


Gradually he turned, until his head

Was gazing longingly down to the place

Where polyanthus spread their tempting leaves.

His stalky eyes

Gawped from his slimy face.


Slowly, but surely he revolved,

Until his body hung there in a glob,

Secured by some secretion he produced

From out his tail,

Spun like a spinning bob.



Down, down he wound away,

Bending the plant into an arching pole.

The viscous thread spread exponentially,

And, ever thinner,

Lowered him to his goal.


At last he felt the telltale touch of life.

Spreading his form lugubriously on the leaf.

The bungee snapped, and with surprising speed,

He slid away, leaving me standing there

In almost disbelief.


©Ruth Twyman Lockyer June 2014


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