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Plaza de la Inquisición

(for pat)

Earle Birney
From:   Fall by Fury. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1977. With permission of the Estate of Earle Birney.

A spider's body
limp and hairy
appeared at the bottom of my coffee

The waiter being Castilian
said passionately nothing
And why indeed should apologies
be made to me

It was I who was looking in
at the spider
It might be years
before I slipped and drowned
in somebody else's cup


Madrid 1963


Earle Birney's works copyright © to the Estate of Earle Birney.
Reprinted with the permission of the Estate.


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