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In the spider web

by Keren-happuch Garba (Nigeria)

July 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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8/9/22, 5:01 PM

It was very wholesome🥰🥰

Zainab Aliahmed

8/8/22, 5:11 PM

Amazing 😀


7/28/22, 4:37 PM

Really wonderful piece here.

7/11/22, 1:28 PM


7/8/22, 8:00 AM

Wow. These words hit hard for me, as I has the same experience recently. I really love how you described the feelings and the ending was really amazing. This helped me a lot. Just wow.
I hope you keep on writing.


6/26/22, 1:46 PM

Wow you are so talented! I relate this a lot to my paternal grandfather who passed away two years ago and is very similar to yours. Sometimes family can judge you but I agree you should learn to live in the present and be happy with out having a fancy job/being married. Keep up the great work!

Ediomo Bright

6/22/22, 8:15 PM

You've done a wonderful job here.
Your intricate descriptions of the race and the emotions conferred by it is excellent.
Thank you!

6/22/22, 8:13 PM

Ediomo Bright

6/22/22, 8:09 PM

You've done a beautiful work here.
The flow of the story, the gripping emotions it enthralls the reader with, it's very wonderful.
Thank you for this.


6/18/22, 6:08 AM

This write-up is absolutely amazing. It made me realize why I am who I am, and I could also relate a lot. Hope you never stop writing, and I hope to read a full-length book from you soon!<3


6/17/22, 2:50 AM

It was so good to read..i really liked the description the storyline ,the plot ,everything 👍


6/7/22, 3:25 PM

This piece is a beautiful reminder of how ugly teenage years can be. It's real and it hurts but it's so good. Please never stop writing!