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A Spider's Story

Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

by: marykbaird

by: marykbaird

My #11 for National Poetry Month

i let spiders run free in my house

their webs signal a corner or door jamb

perhaps too long unattended.

I let them run free

not because I like them,

they are too different from me

to like

as they spot prey,

create their tiny rooms of death.

they frighten me

but i let them be

they just want to live,


have sex,


we all do.

© 2017 Audrey Howitt


Audrey Howitt (author) from California on June 02, 2017:

Thank you Flourish!

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 12, 2017:

I let them live too, although I scoop them up and let them live outside. Nice thoughts here.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on May 02, 2017:

Thank you janshares!!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on May 01, 2017:

Thank you Genna!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on May 01, 2017:

Thank you Rasma!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 19, 2017:

Always glad to be of service Lori! Thank you!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 18, 2017:

Most creative Audrey. I see your muses are doing well on inspiration. I too am slowly moving through the poetry challenge.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 18, 2017:

thank you shprd74

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 18, 2017:

Thank you Manatita!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 18, 2017:

Awww--Bev is a woman after my heart

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 15, 2017:

Audrey, your poetry should be published. Such talent as yours is a rare thing; intrinsic beauty that causes us to pause, relish and to think. Beautiful work.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 14, 2017:

My husband takes them out for me Mike--Thank you for your kind words for me and the spiders!

Lori Colbo from United States on April 12, 2017:

Ain't no way I'm going to let spiders dwell in my house if I can help it. The other night I was sitting here writing poetry on hubpages and I saw something out of the corner of my eye. It was an enormous spider. It was just shy the size of a tarantula. I couldn't get out of my recliner fast enough to kill it. He skittered under the stove. I live in a 400 sq ft park model trailer so no matter where I am he's too close. Two nights later I saw him running across the floor heading for under the stove again. My shoe got him good.

Maybe I'll write a poem about it. You've inspired me Audrey :)

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 12, 2017:

Glad you enjoyed it Ruby!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on April 12, 2017:

Hi Audrey - Yes, but they can do it outside.

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 12, 2017:

Thank you Vellur!

Audrey Howitt (author) from California on April 12, 2017:

You strike me as the kind who would care about the tiny creatures Audrey--Thank you!

DC Ziese from Virginia, USA on April 12, 2017:

Well said. I can relate and empathize. I have respect for all living things, but have mixed feelings when it comes to spiders and snakes, most especially inside my house. Outside – live and let live. Inside – enter at your own peril. No snakes allowed inside, but small spiders can be useful and beneficial when combating other insects in the household. So, I'm also guilty of allowing a few spiders to survive and thrive in my home. ~D

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 12, 2017:

We all want to live, the spiders too. Creatures of God but am too creeped out by them.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 12, 2017:

You and Bev. She won't let me kill them. I have to catch them and put them outside. Now I don't want to kill them. See what you spider-lovers have done to me! :)

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on April 11, 2017:

I appreciate your empathetic nature for living insects. I feel the same way.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on April 11, 2017:

Love it!!! Made me chuckle. So brilliant. Thank you for honoring spiders so beautifully.

manatita44 from london on April 11, 2017:

The quest of life: Freedom indeed! Excellent work!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 11, 2017:

' Ain't it the truth!!! HaHa, this made me lol...

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on April 11, 2017:

Nice poetry.

Life is pure and simplest.

get eaten or eat.


Everything is well laid out for these divine acts.

- hari

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