Kill The Spider

From The Maligned Species project by Fair Acre Press (Feb ’16)

 

Poetry On Spiders

Kill The Spider

 

I had to kill the spider

I really thought I did

I had no time to guide her

Far away from where she hid.

 

For it was nearly bath time

The danger was too real

I couldn’t take the risk as I’m

A dad and that’s the deal.

 

I had to kill the spider

Although that wasn’t nice

The towels she hoped would hide her

Had been eaten by the mice.

 

I reached into the closet

And grabbed the insect spray

Intending to deposit

One long burst upon my prey.

 

I had to kill the spider

And had to do it soon

For when I first had spied her

She had almost made me swoon.

 

I squeezed a hasty squirt or two

As she sped up the wall

But that was clearly far too few

And didn’t work at all.

 

I had to kill the spider

I knew it from the start

I’d rarely seen one wider

Or with fangs so far apart.

 

I felt my skin start crawling

While I stared into her eyes

Imagining the mauling

She could dish out with her size.

 

I had to kill the spider

Although it made me sick

For right or wrong I’d tried her

And I’d done it double-quick.

 

Her body was so hairy

Her head was built to match

But what was really scary

Was the sight of her eye patch.

 

I had to kill the spider

Which filled me with regret

I’d much prefer to chide her

Like a naughty household pet.

 

But up she rose and scuttled off

And headed for the sink

And from behind I heard a cough

Which made me stop to think.

 

I had to kill the spider

I felt I had no choice

But suddenly beside her

Came a soft and soothing voice.

 

“Dad tell me why you’re doing this

I’m sure she meant no harm

And knowing you you’re bound to miss

You really must stay calm.”

 

I had to kill the spider

But now I wasn’t sure

Perhaps I could provide her

With a lift beyond the door.

 

And that’s exactly what I did

I caught her in a glass

And as we left I heard my kid

Say “Dad you’ve sure got class!”

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