I've been inspired by Deslilas from Radonvilliers to resurrect here part of a now lost website dedicated to Arrabella the Arachnid.
In September 1999 a spider took up residence in my driver's wing-mirror. I had returned to the car several times after parking it in town to find a web. Whilst driving along I noticed the spider hanging on to the web and swaying in the wind.
I wrote a haiku
on a web twixt door
and wing-mirror - a spider
riding the highway
I shared this with friends and Arrabella, as she came to be called, developed fans in the USA and Australia. Despite torrential rainstorms on the weekend of 19th September, she and her web survived.
Below are more contemporary pictures of this creature who found a home in my wing-mirror, together with some poems by writers inspired by her story.
Arrabella, twilight dancer, moved with speed and grace
up a side of metal to a smaller, private place.
Harbored from the wind and weather, safety was achieved;
there inside the mirror's frame her tangled web was weaved.
Arrabella, morning greeter, rested in the sun,
looking out in admiration at the work she'd done.
When suddenly the world began to move around her space,
and wind rushed in to try and shake her from her sheltered place.
Arrabella, valliant warrior, huddled in the lee.
Determined not to lose her home, she clung courageously,
til finally the wind died down; the world returned to norm
and Arrabella realized she'd ridden out the storm.
Arrabella, truimph bearer, smiled at the world
from the safety of the corner where her form was curled.
Her new web safe, her world complete, she settled down to sleep;
Arrabella, twilight dancer, had found a home to keep.
T E Blair
Photographs © Gerald England, 1999