The red hourglass was the giveaway.

Only in the missionary position

did the dark parlours of Havisham emerge.

Glue dripped down, streamed down like warm, thin juice.

On the ceiling, silent prayers of fluttering moths

stole about shifting for light and lost lips.

All was enrapture wrapped in silk, but coiled

- and as inflexible as steel wire.

In this troubled wonderland of Gothic trappings,

a black spinster waited, her large venom sacs

primed to paralyze passing flights of caprice.


In gloom, stained ink trails spread blotted messages,

while loomers embroidered and fabricated

dazzling spun worlds of distant wonder webs,

jewelled by dawn's dew and dusk's cooling embers.


A tapestry indeed, but not that.


The faded manuscripts had been returned from yore,

leaving one bound volume alone, upright,

proclaiming in triumphant filigree

its one title.  All had been ill-augured myth,

foxed pages creased, heavy typeface left frowned.

The stave had failed to flow its majestic music.

And so the black spinster spun away,

and left her prey to weave out of the maze

into a bright, clear, blue gaze of recovery.

To intimacy, where sacred songs would tell

of light places and where footsteps fell softly.


A tapestry that now in deed is that.