Clementine returned, thankfully. And Boris moved out (or was eaten), thankfully. Though Clementine’s company had been, in some sense, comforting to me, our dissimilar natures dictated that our relationship was not to last. Sealing our fate was the fact that, after living with Clementine for three months, I had to move out in favor of paying tenants. Moving from this drab little apartment felt traumatic to me because I had become accustomed to my situation and surroundings. And I had found a silky, spindly-legged companion. Clementine showed no emotion when I left, but hung unmoving, as always, in her corner. I walked out, shut the door, and surrendered my key, leaving Clementine behind.
I have to leave:
paying tenants, naturally,
take precedence. No doubt:
they will disinfect your corners,
wipe away your suspending threads;
they will squash you without
thought, flush you out
with swirling sewage.
What? No. You cannot come
with me. This is where you belong,
while you belong anywhere.
(Incredibly, the above-pictured spider appeared in my bathroom, in a corner of the ceiling near the shower, in the midst of my posting these Clementine poems.)