[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
your breathing calls her
to become one with you forever
That’s a magnificent picture Tom. Well done. However, I wouldn’t want her becoming one with me forever!
She will, Peter, be heartbroken regarding your rejection! 🕷
she’s lovely, a queen, just doing what nature intended her to do: terrify and give you nightmares!
Monicat, it’s not the spiders that give me nightmares, it’s the politicians and the mainstream public. 😲
oh yeah, those are to be avoided at all cost!
Scary close-up and I generally don’t mind spiders
Good for you, Sheree! 😊 Spiders are over-hated and underrated.
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!
Thank you much, Sara! 😄 Yes, we naked apes think that we are so beautiful. We are naked and have hair on the top of our heads… very odd and weird creatures, actually! (And we make gods in our own egotistical image.) 😉
PS Gorgeous Spider and photo both!
Much appreciated, Sara! 😎
Nice picture and word imagery. I like spiders for the most part!
Thanks so much, Saymber! 🕸 A world without spiders would be overrun by insects. 😉
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.
I was bitten (in my living room, while napping on the floor) once by a huge Fishing Spider, Jazz. I had fang scars on my leg for over 4 months, but i never felt bad or sick whatsoever.
Thank you, Jazz! 🕸🕷
A great poem for Halloween!! 🙂 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.
Ah, M.B., you have a lot in common with Little Miss Muffet! At least your Acracnophobia isn’t too pronounced!
Thanks much re the poem. ☺🕷
Awww, what a beautiful poem Tom, and although I have arachnophobia, 🕷 your up close and personal shot is amazing. 📷 Enjoy the rest of your week Father Nature!!! 😜🕵🏻♂️ 🕸👀
Oh, Kym, did you know, there is an easy cure for arachnophobia? I’ll send you a big jar of spiders for Halloween (and you will just need to spend some quality time with them). 🕸🕷🕸
Tom, you are a hoot! Oh yeah, I can just see myself right now spending quality time with a big jar of spiders! LMBO 😂😜🤣 That my friend, is a SciFi horror movie in the making!!! 😱 RETURN OF THE GIANT JAR OF SPIDERS! ☢🕷👽🕷☢
Don’t laugh. Give it a chance! Before long, people will be saying, “Oh, that Kym, she is so into spiders now; she has all kinds that she keeps in terrariums as pets. And her blogging, lately, is about nothing but spiders. She is such a spiderholic!” 😉🕷🕷
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). 😎🕸🕷
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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