Intricate. The stuff of ladies. A handkerchief to drop for a gentleman. A doily for an end table. An edge for a tablecloth, a curtain, or a wedding dress. Filigreed jewelry mimics the design and the coiffed curls in an up-do. Nature likes simplicity, every angle of the spider’s web useful. Only weeds grow wild, spinning lavish patterns, taking over homes with their tendrils.

JULIE BROOKS BARBOUR is the author of a chapbook, Come To Me and Drink (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her poems have appeared in Waccamaw, Kestrel, UCity Review, diode, Prime Number Magazine, and Verse Daily. She teaches at Lake Superior State University where she is co-editor of the journal Border Crossing.