The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly

Original Text: 
Vachel Lindsay, The Congo and Other Poems (1914); Vachel Lindsay, Collected Poems (New York: Macmillan, 1923): 219.
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.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.