Web Of Lies

Posted: January 27, 2017 in nature poems, thought stream

This week at Toads, we’re looking at WB Yeats and in particular his poems ‘Sailing to Byzantium’  – the first line of which was the title of the film No Country For Old Men – and ‘The Second Coming’. A list of words from both has been drawn up and we’re to use at least three in a new poem. The words I used were tatter, gyre, pitiless, ceremony and a derivative of innocent.- see http://withrealtoads.

Deceit hangs in the dew dawn.
Diamond drops clutching gossamer.
Woven under cover of night it’s supine,
a trap masquerading as a work of art.

Stitched with the lace maker’s eye
and weightless. Spanning leaf and branch,
this curtain disguises a stage where a
pitiless scene will be played. A gyre

dizzying some innocent victim, luring
 it in to land. A struggle will follow, silk
will tatter and with ceremony
the catch will be spun into oblivion.



  1. Rommy says:

    I’m loving the way you played with the phrase “web of lies” to create a mental picture of something fascinating and lovely, but deadly to the unwary. You used the words perfectly.

  2. Great way to use the list… the victim spun in silk is a dire ending

  3. Thotpurge says:

    Nicely done! And the spider’s web works as a great metaphor!

  4. Iris says:

    Excellent work.

  5. Brendan says:

    The entries from the word list are seamlessly woven — no visible intentions, like the web itself, “a trap masquerading as a work of art.” And stepping back, such webs we’ve been caught in for a long time. We may be already be “spun into oblivion.” Fine work.

  6. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    I like the spider’s web as a metaphor here 🙂 Brilliant write ❤️

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