I feel it to be a noble deed
to refrain from killing spiders that enter the house,
and to instead capture and release them back into the wild.
My reasoning behind such action
is not to pat myself on the back
and feign a false sense of honor,
it is simply because it would hurt my conscience
to take an innocent life without just cause.
Yet, such a Jainist attitude
can sometimes get one in trouble
when the spider crawling upon one’s shirt
is carefully maneuvered onto the bed to be caught
but then quickly gets lost in the design of the sheets,
never to be found again…
because then there is a damned creepy-crawly on the loose
and it gives one the damned heebie-jeebies.
© Scott Thomas Outlar
Excerpt from the book “Happy Hour Hallelujah”
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