Here E.B. White (1899-1985) writes a poem in a letter to Katherine, depicting a spider’s spinning a thread-ladder to find its way back, as he will find his way back to her.
Source: E.B. White, letter to Katherine from King Edward Hotel, Toronto
Photo credit: Erwan Hesry, unsplash.com
The spider, dropping down from a twig,
Unwinds a thread of her devising:
A thin, premeditated rig
To use in rising.
And all the journey down through space,
In cool descent, and loyal-hearted,
She builds a ladder to the place
From which she started.
Thus I, gone forth, as spiders do,
In spider’s web a truth discerning,
Attach one silken strand to you
For my returning.