Creator of the World and Mother to the Sun,
Neith of Ancient Egypt wove meaning and life from nothing.
Time passed, and her strength was woven into
Babylonia’s goddess Ishtar, whose political power, beauty, and fertility
Demanded the protection she gave in war and combat.
Her brazen strength woven indeed by her arms passed to
Arachne, she with a keen mind and deft fingers which tpleased and angered
The gods as she wove stories and emotions into lives and history.
Each has embodied the spirit of the spider,
A creature tiny, mighty, multifaceted in talent and patient with time.
Magical to some, reviled by many, she reflects exceptional strength
Drawn from within
Glimmering in sunlight
Trapping those blinded by various forms of the dark.
Silken strength within these three females now persists in today’s women.
Whether in sewing shops, fashion industries, churches, civic centers, schools,
A strength emerges and grows, quiet yet powerful
In the weaving of new life, new communities, new possibilities.