For What Is Yours

I’d forgotten about
the small spider beside the fridge.

I’d planned to scoop it up, in my hands,
and drop it into the garden.

But when I leaned in, I noticed
a larger spider face-to-face
with the small one.

Curiosity got the better of me.
I left them alone for a few days
to see what’d happen.

When I looked again
a web had appeared.

The larger spider
was gone, and poised
in the web
was the little guy.

He’d claimed his ground,
beaten the odds,

how could I
throw him out
into the cold
after that?