Tonight I walked down the steps

past the railing


past the fountain

past the garden


and by a tree near the end of the yard

I walked into a spider’s web


I batted the web away from my face

away from my hair


and in a window across the street 

a curtain parted


I must have looked like a crazy thing  

batting and pawing away at the air


the web was gone but I could still feel it

like a man who loses a leg can still feel it


I kept batting away like a crazy thing

I was sure it was there and I knew that it wasn’t 


across the street the curtain closed

I thought I heard laughter and knew that I didn’t 


I wondered how many

I’ve walked into


and if spiders still feel it when they lose a web.