Crystal dew drops cling to her silvery web

Starlight glowing from the silky threads

Each destiny ensnared like a succulent fly

Where free will fades and choice comes to die

None can escape her glossy grasp

No matter how one screams, wails, or rasps

Your future is set; it’s fruitless to defy

She sees all, from her first to eighth eye

She is Orumekami, goddess of fate

Weaver of destinies both humble and great

Spinner of fortunes malevolent and benign

She alone determines when the stars will align


© Amy Sophiamehr

Artwork done by the enormously talented Emeline Bafoin: check out her other works on DeviantArt!

For years I’ve had this vision of the goddess of destiny being a sort of geisha spider queen. Maybe one day she’ll show up in one of my novels. The name of Orumekami emerged from the compound of two words: the Turkish word “örümcek” meaning spider and the Japanese word “kami” meaning god.


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