Levels


Dive, diving spider 

courtship swims,

tunnels the gill-web

of a silver mate, 

makes water-pocket eggs,

spiderlings.


Nitrogen-less.


Collapsing web.


Breathless

quick, quick, surfacing

glimmer-swimming

eight-legging quick

up to ditch edge, featherfoil,

dropwort, oxygen.



from ‘Water Spider’ inspired by the Wetland EcoBody project at Pevensey Levels.