James Charlton

(1947 - / Melbourne / Australia)

Sister Spider - Poem by James Charlton

This large, sedentary spider
which shares our bathroom,

spending hours wiping droplets
from her leg hair,

has a dusting of animated poppy seeds
on her back.

Greetings, spiders, with whom we inhabit
common space;

and potoroo and magpie, also having a part
in us, and we with you.

Greetings to everyday epiphanies;
not forgetting you insects,

in bodiliness our brothers;
and you, the unseen forms

which might infect, or assist,
being heirs with us and all the other creatures

which walk, crawl, fly, slide, multiply,
divide or stay put;

joint heirs of such molecular inheritance
that where our skin stops,

our bodies do not stop,

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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