Driving on a ribbon of road,

i contemplate the change /flow.

i find a tick on my garments at a rest stop,

and vows of non-violence become co-mingled with thoughts of diseases.


a giant spider jumps into my focus.

I grip the steering wheel tighter – my animal awarenesses on high alert….

blown truck tire spider

then i see the glass,

and the metal

strewn on the pavement.

i pass under signs telling me of the human tolls on the road.

the numbers climb as i travel back home.

no mention of the dog who is passed that i just passed on the side.


We evolved to fear the spider,

How long til we learn to be mindful on the road?

How long til we honor all our paths?

bird in flight

and the birds in the trees took flight.

About eteal

Reverend Teal is a minister, chaplain, artist and storyteller. She specializes in the human-animal bond and all its healing aspects.
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2 Responses to Evolution

  1. voiceomt2002 says:

    I would have turned into a murderous, cracked out ninja and killed the tick without mercy. Spiders get only kindness from me, and an apology when I accidentally disturb their web.

  2. Barbara Bujak says:

    I’m glad you arrived back safely, beautiful and wise observations of our journeys.

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