Every Little Helps

Spider on Flower

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“Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison.”
― Jonathan Swift

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Every little helps…

What does that mean?

I wondered when a giant supermarket chain

used it as their advertising slogan.

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Of course they explained it,

every little penny you spend in their shops,

helps them to amass a gigantic pile of pennies,

which allows them to spread their web further and wider.

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Small things add up to big things.

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A small spider,

smaller than the one on this flower,

spun a web,

just in front of the motion sensor of the home alarm,

of a rather large house,

the local grand hall.

The alarm kept going off,

usually in the quiet of night,

echoing across the surrounding land,

like a warning bell,

a scream of distress,

bringing police and neighbours,

to gather in search of some hulking human up to deeds of robbery,

stealing from others to gain for themselves.

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Every little helps…

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But the culprit could not be found,

not by the human eye.

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It was the tip of a human finger,

checking the sensor,

which found a gossamer veil,

and understood,

an explanation,

for a sticky situation.

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Every little helps…

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But they never found the spider who had spun it.

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What was that spider up to?

Perhaps it was protecting the sensor from tiny flies,

mites,

other invisible beasts,

and specks of dust.

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Every little helps…

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“Big-endians and small-endians.”

― Jonathan Swift

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Weblings

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* G is for Gigantic