Fishing Spider (Note the Leopard-like spots on the legs of this beautiful animal!) ... Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021
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Halloween Spider


[NOTE: This poem and this posting is just designed for some innocent, scary, Halloween fun. It is not meant to reinforce anyone’s hatred of spiders. When i see a spider in the house, i gently grab it in a soft Kleenex and subsequently release it (gently) out-of-doors. Spiders are generally harmless, are great pest removers, and can be admired for their own intrinsic beauty; humans probably look ugly to a lot of perceptive animals!]


The enchanted, having ranted, spidery witch of

darkest, dreary goblin


in that convulsive, soggy, wriggly kind of way

within a musty, murky midnight

that stealthily sneaks into your house perceiving

your body’s warm, sleeping unconsciousness

unaware of the overhanging, hungry, evolved fangs of natural

selection (of which you are soon to be a part)

Dark, dark world where vibrations are a dead giveaway

and tossings and turnings in bed (for comfort) are incantations

luring the eight-legged spinstress whose

shadow unfolds into one’s somnolence

She skirts across further up the wall to the

dreamceiling where, suspended, she

swings above you

pitch dark pendant-like

eloquently poised



your breathing calls her



she lowers



to become one with you forever

Fishing Spider (Note the Leopard-like spots on the legs of this beautiful animal!) ... Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021
Fishing Spider (Note the Leopard-like spots on the legs of this beautiful animal!) … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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  1. she’s lovely, a queen, just doing what nature intended her to do: terrify and give you nightmares!


  2. Wow! I love this poem – I don’t think it’s scary – I think it’s about truth – the dark ones must be integrated no? As for spiders your words “humans probably look ugly to a lot of perceptive animals!” made me laugh out loud! Of course this must be true – gosh I’m thinking now about how trees perceive a crazed human species that lives life blindly in the fast lane. I do look forward to your posts!


  3. Delightful poem – but your best line? “humans probably look ugly to a lot of perceptive animals!”
    Have never seen a fishing spider up close – fantastic image.


  4. A great poem for Halloween!! πŸ™‚ As a general rule I try to respect spiders, I also catch and release them when I can. But if they startle me in some way or jump into my bed, all bets are off.


  5. Awww, what a beautiful poem Tom, and although I have arachnophobia, πŸ•· your up close and personal shot is amazing. πŸ“· Enjoy the rest of your week Father Nature!!! πŸ˜œπŸ•΅πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ πŸ•ΈπŸ‘€


      • Tom, you are a hoot! Oh yeah, I can just see myself right now spending quality time with a big jar of spiders! LMBO πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œπŸ€£ That my friend, is a SciFi horror movie in the making!!! 😱 RETURN OF THE GIANT JAR OF SPIDERS! β˜’πŸ•·πŸ‘½πŸ•·β˜’

  6. I love the poem, love the picture but would have a heart attack if one descended down on me in the middle of the night. “Spiders are generally harmless.” Yes, you wrote that and my mom used to say, (as I cowered in the corner while mildly hyperventilating), “they’re more afraid of you, than you are of them.” Right. So, I’m reminded of those words as I looked at this post Tom.


    • Linda, your mom was so right; they are Very afraid of us, and for good reason! Sometimes, outside, i am very persistent with following jumping spiders around with my camera. Some get used to me and even end up jumping on the camera. I used to walk through fields that had so many Tiger spiders (they are the same size as Banana spiders and are similar Argiopes) that they would be crawling on my face and i wouldn’t even care (due to being so used to them). πŸ˜ŽπŸ•ΈπŸ•·


      • I wish I could adapt that attitude Tom, I really do. To be fearless of spiders and centipedes would put me in a better frame of mind. With all the rain this Summer, creepy crawlies have been more plentiful than usual.

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