A Spider's Story

Updated on April 11, 2017
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

by: marykbaird
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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,

eat,

have sex,

survive.


we all do.






© 2017 Audrey Howitt

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    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      16 months ago from California

      Thank you Flourish!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      17 months ago from USA

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

    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      17 months ago from California

      Thank you janshares!!

    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      17 months ago from California

      Thank you Genna!

    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      17 months ago from California

      Thank you Rasma!

    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      18 months ago from California

      Always glad to be of service Lori! Thank you!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      18 months ago from Riga, Latvia

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

    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      18 months ago from California

      thank you shprd74

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      Audrey Howitt 

      18 months ago from California

      Thank you Manatita!

    • AudreyHowitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Howitt 

      18 months ago from California

      Awww--Bev is a woman after my heart

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      Genna East 

      18 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      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.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      18 months ago from California

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

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      Lori Colbo 

      18 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      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 :)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      18 months ago from California

      Glad you enjoyed it Ruby!

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      mckbirdbks 

      18 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

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

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      Audrey Howitt 

      18 months ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      18 months ago from California

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

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      DC Ziese 

      18 months ago from Virginia, USA

      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

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      Nithya Venkat 

      18 months ago from Dubai

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

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      Bill Holland 

      18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      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! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      18 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

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

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      18 months ago from Washington, DC

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

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      manatita44 

      18 months ago from london

      The quest of life: Freedom indeed! Excellent work!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      18 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Hari Prasad S 

      18 months ago from Bangalore

      Nice poetry.

      Life is pure and simplest.

      get eaten or eat.

      Procreate,

      Everything is well laid out for these divine acts.

      - hari

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