Poems of the Week

Up The Spout

by Iris Herriot

“Archaeologists identify 3,200-year-old temple mural of spider god in Peru
Mural discovered last year is thought to depict a zoomorphic, knife-wielding spider god associated with rain and fertility”
The Guardian

To what would I give a berth wider
Than a deified Andean spider?
A spider, of limitless life,
With a paleolithical knife.