“Spiderwebs.” Fiction. Based on a True Art Class.

“Writing for me has always been about truth, and I just didn’t want to tell my truth.” – Taura Stinton


Fiction. Based on a True Art Class.

By Nikki Wicz

This journal entry is inspired by true events. Some of the characters, names, businesses, incidents, and certain locations and events have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes. Any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional

We were drawing
spiderwebs in first grade.
simple lines that would never
catch much more than a glance.
And yet I wanted
it to be perfect.

And when my lines were crooked
and my eyes gleamed
with frustration, the art teacher,
like a bug drawn to
dew glistening in sunlight,
strode over to me.

I scribbled over it
before he could see
my disaster. “I messed up,”
I said. A sob ready to hatch
in my throat.

“That’s impossible,” he said.
And began to scratch out
a rainbow in crayon on the
page. He told me that his daughter,
in her attempt to help
with his art, had once scribbled
in black all over it.

And so the rainbow
disappeared in a
shadow of wax.
With the edge
of a scissor blade
he etched away the
blackness, like silkworms
weave thread

The rainbow shone again
in the spindling shape
of a web.

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