Silken Thread

'Silken Thread' by Carmel Doherty

Title: Silken Thread; Medium: mixed; Price: €1,500.



What an expenditure of precious silk
As you gracefully abseil from the ceiling
Onto the helipad of my watch-face.
You land with such delicacy
I’d never have noticed your touch.
But instead I see you
Leaving my arm, and moving
Closer to my head, to salute me kindly —
Beneficent benediction —
Before straying away
On your arachnidan errands,
Leaving only your silken thread,
With its incredible tensile strength,
Iridescently shining and swaying
Between myself and the ceiling.

© Jinny Thomas


Photo of Carmel DohertyCarmel Doherty qualified from the University of Dundee in 1990 with an M.Phil in Public Art & Design and since then she has exhibited extensively both in Ireland and on the Continent. Her work is held in both public and private collections.

Photo of Jinny ThomasJinny Thomas lives in east Clare, where she enjoys growing her own food, and playing and singing traditional music. She has been writing poetry, stories and songs since she was three or four years old. As well as being a member of the Poetry Collective, she also belongs to the Scariff Library Poetry Group, and the Inis Creative Writers’ Group.

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