The Girl Who Loved Spiders / Russell Hemell


Photography by Hope Ingram

I eat flies and weave a silk web for a living,
you chase spiders at night.

When you work at your desk, slim and radiant,
I look admiringly
at the colour-dripping paintbrush dancing under your fingers.

You create worlds as smooth
as the palace of leaves that’s my home
– a thousand gleaming castles
gorgeous enticing carapace-tingling.

One night, I will creep closer.

Russell Hemell is a French-Italian transplant in Scotland, passionate about astrophysics and speculative fiction. Recent poetry in Argot Magazine, The Grievous Angel, Star*Line, and others. Find them online at their blog and on Twitter @SPBianchini.

Hope Ingram is not a photographer, but she can’t help but capture beautiful old houses when she comes across them. She lives in Modesto, California and works as a middle-school teacher.