Gordon Taylor Literature Poetry

Origin Stories

There are tiny, quick spiders
that live in my curtains.

Sometimes they die,
shrivelling in silk folds.

I killed one once
in a moment of fear,

interrupting a key
sequence of events,

like the man who rescued
a baby songbird

that fell from a nest
onto Queen Street,

hand fed her
mealworms and suet

for a month
until she could fly.


Gordon Taylor (he/him) is a poet from Toronto, Ontario. He also works both as an Information Technology professional and as a receptionist at a sexual health clinic. His poems have been published in Tickle Ace, Prairie Fire, and The Bridport Arts Prize Anthology.