A spider has come to live in her Christmas tree.
Each day she dances through the needles and weaves
zig-zag patterns around the top of the small pine.
They are not circular or web-like, but appear improvised and free.
She whirls around the ribbons, lights and ornaments
building a peculiar cocoon that will fully encase the tree.
This tiny Arachne spins an abstract web in contest with herself
and pauses in the afternoon to bathe
in the warm winter sunlight that shrouds the dusty green branches.