Posted tagged ‘spiders’


September 9, 2011

I pretend it’s summer.
The swallows are still here.
Bats wheel at dusk.
Under a bush a hedgehog snuffles.
Berries ripen in the hedgerows.
Combines give way to blue tractors in the fields.
The earth is brown again. Rich, dark brown.
I can’t ignore the spiders on the wall,
I can’t ignore the spiders on the ceiling.


Do Spiders Play Chess?

August 21, 2010

It’s still there
Each morning
In a different
Corner of the ceiling,
Lounging about,
Hanging on.

Where does it go
At night?
What does it do
In the quiet darkness
While I sleep?
Is each move
Part of a game
Of chess
On the ceiling?

It has not
Entered my dreams.