A pregnant woman,
    denied her wine,
        augmented now

by spider sense—
    So cruel, and so unjust;
        hers the most astute of palates,

keenest sensory intensity,
    yet no wine will be passing
        through her sober suffering lips;

the contemporary standards
    say it’s dangerous to dare.
        But when the child is finally born

look for claw marks
    in the corks
        in the morning.