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Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931)

The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly


              1Once I loved a spider
              2When I was born a fly,
              3A velvet-footed spider
              4With a gown of rainbow-dye.
              5She ate my wings and gloated.
              6She bound me with a hair.
              7She drove me to her parlor
              8Above her winding stair.
              9To educate young spiders
            10She took me all apart.
            11My ghost came back to haunt her.
            12I saw her eat my heart.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Vachel Lindsay, The Congo and Other Poems (1914); Vachel Lindsay, Collected Poems (New York: Macmillan, 1923): 219.
First publication date: 1914
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/21

Rhyme: abcbdefeghih


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