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In the Spider Web

by Keren-happuch Garba (Nigeria)

August 2022

Write the World Review

Audio: "In the Spider Web," read by Keren-happuch Garba

I was born at home. How it happened is a story my sisters retell on a cold night while we sip tea. But these days aren't ordinary days, though ordinary things are done. The stories they tell me spill out a feeling that the spider web defines perfectly. Its intricate silk fiber connected to form a new path from another's end, loops that began somewhere but can't be found. The feeling is complex, just like the web but deemed beautiful.

I would sit on an old refrigerator that no longer worked by the window, when it was dusk to feed on those stories, piecing the words I've heard into a picture.

It became almost like a wish. To stare into that sunset, the crimson patch of silk and warm yellow washed into the dark clouds of 7:00 p.m., engulfing it but with utmost peace, as the stars, one by one, crystals, the diamonds of nature gave the sky life and to me, something I needed to have, reeling in the "spiderweb feeling.”

Keren-happuch Garba, 18, is a Nigerian undergraduate student. She enjoys writing poetry as well as other forms of creative writing. She loves to read books and play chess.

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12/3/22, 12:37 AM

Gretel Alberta

11/19/22, 9:15 AM

This is a masterpiece.... Well done


10/12/22, 2:00 AM

An amazing piece on climate change. Congratulations!


10/12/22, 1:58 AM

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I love this! Could read this over and over again.


10/12/22, 1:56 AM

Such a beautiful piece Lyat. Congratulations!


10/12/22, 1:54 AM

From your piece, you're an inspiration and a driven person who wants to make the world better. I hope you get to achieve all these and I hope you receive all the support.


10/12/22, 1:48 AM

Brilliant and educative in all aspects!


10/12/22, 1:43 AM

Everything about this piece has perfectly collided with the perfect words. Teen years are special and form a concrete part of a person's life. Glad I read this now. It's a beautiful piece.


9/29/22, 4:40 PM

Lovely piece!

Tom Lofft

9/24/22, 2:13 PM

Was this inspired by flights over Iceland?


9/24/22, 10:04 AM

Amazing. I love it.


9/23/22, 7:34 AM

This is just so good!!!! "The air has been poisoned' I love how you describe things! Congrats :))