Petite predator
with long, lean legs
and bulbous paunch
carefully picks her way across the table,
much more nimble
on her gossamer mesh.

She carries her persian-carpet abdomen
with pride.

With his ruler
the unruly adolescent flips her onto her back
revealing bright yellow stripes
and a single, brilliant red heart.

Tyrannised and indignant
she waves her eight limbs
wildly in the air
in an attempt to right herself.

Called away at that moment,
the youth turns his head and attention
away from the arachnid.

With a victorious effort,
the humble creature
(thinking she triumphantly chased the giant away)spider top spider underside
flips herself
and hurries away toward home.