my sunday poem … # 6

my sunday poem … # 6

When I was a student in the early 1970s, the class I was in was asked to write our own versions of a poem called The Spider and the Fly by poet Mary Howitt, first published in 1829. It begins …

Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly.

You can read her lovely poem here

Anyway, suitably inspired I wrote the following effort.


O creepy crawly spider
Spinning silken sticky web
Don’t you think you ought to try
To spin magic instead.
For this it is a wondrous thing
And you can bide your time
Oh please release me from dying
Before you change your mind.


Thus said fly to the spider
One warm and golden day
Just as the sun was setting
Over the woodland glade.
And all the other insects
They gathered around to see
Whether the spider would be kind
And realise his plea.


The spinner of the cobweb
He eyed his trembling prey
And in and out the spindle thread
Began to weave his way.
You’re but a common housefly
You are no more no less
Your buzzy buzz annoys me
To kill you would be best.


O creepy crawly spider
Forget the things you’ve said
Cast all thoughts of harming me
Completely from your head.
One looked upon the other
In such a kindly way
But nature loves a winner
So nature won the day.




15 responses to “my sunday poem … # 6

  1. Reblogged this on Barrow Blogs: and commented:
    Couldn’t resist blogging this after ten minutes chasing the largest spider ever seen. Caught it in a duster, flung said duster out of the window. Will pick up later – hoping the spider will have scuttled off by then. Love this poem by the way

    • I quite like spiders … not so keen on the big fellas though. The duster option is interesting. There is a type of spider called the House-cleaning spider. Are you perhaps hoping it will take the hint and do some polishing maybe. It eats the duster after cleaning.

  2. That is fantastic Kris. Really enjoyed it☺

  3. That was amazing, Kris!!! I loved it. I smiled all the way through reading!!!

    • Thank you Erika. I enjoyed reading about your recent trip and your wonderful children. Baby spiders are called spiderlings. Just thought I’d mention it. Have a good week. Well done on the new awards. Kris.

  4. It’s a pleasure to meet you Chris. Lovely blog. Wishing you a wonder-filled week. Hugs!

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