Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Poetry Wednesday: Spiders and E.B. White


This isn't really a scary poem, but spiders have a rep to uphold. Therefore, I will glorify spiders and E.B. White today on this, the sixtieth year since Charlotte's Web was published (listen to the NPR radio story about it). Happy Halloween.


The Spider’s Web (A Natural History)

The spider, dropping down from twig,
Unfolds a plan of her devising,
A thin premeditated rig
To use in rising.


And all that journey down through space,

In cool descent and loyal hearted,
She spins a ladder to the place
From where she started.


Thus I, gone forth as spiders do

In spider’s web a truth discerning,
Attach one silken thread to you
For my returning.
by E.B. White
with thanks to Gregory Maguire, for reminding me about this gem

No comments:

Post a Comment