BECAUSE MY DAUGHTERS ARE GROWING,grief has stained and doubled my limbs.Each daughter I enfold in armssees my blurred eyes as multi-faceted.Oh, spider-mother, they tease.Oh, spider-mother, they singall their days over their sweeping,their small games with shells.And I lament more as their legsgrow tall and thick, their hipsspread like a terrible webin which a small life will stick,struggle like an angry fly.—Tayve NeeseArt credit David Ostrowski.

BECAUSE MY DAUGHTERS ARE GROWING,

grief has stained and doubled my limbs.
Each daughter I enfold in arms

sees my blurred eyes as multi-faceted.
Oh, spider-mother, they tease.

Oh, spider-mother, they sing
all their days over their sweeping,

their small games with shells.
And I lament more as their legs

grow tall and thick, their hips
spread like a terrible web

in which a small life will stick,
struggle like an angry fly.

Tayve Neese
Art credit David Ostrowski.

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