disturbing appetite

palely colored

bulbous abdomenIMG_1337

of barn arachnid

curls like gray sack

drawstrung by eight

delicately jointed

and banded legs

poised on sticky orb

of doorway deathtrap;

four legs hold fly still

for fangs to clamp

down as spider

lingers long over

breakfast of blood

I dislike spiders but my muse lingers on arachnid theme so here’s another one for dVerse poets’ Monday quadrille (44 words) with Linda Lee Lyberg.

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ben Alexander
    Sep 22, 2021 @ 07:24:49




  2. Dora
    Sep 21, 2021 @ 10:03:55

    Your descriptive prowess, esp. “gray sack/drawstrung,” is so mesmerizingly engaging until “breakfast of blood” brings it to a gruesome close. Loved it.


  3. Xan
    Sep 21, 2021 @ 08:51:16

    Ok, if your goal was to make my skin crawl, mission accomplished!


  4. merrildsmith
    Sep 21, 2021 @ 05:15:52

    This is so creepy-gruesome–and so well done! I’m OK with spiders, as long as they’re not inside.


  5. Laura Bloomsbury
    Sep 21, 2021 @ 05:14:00

    a novel subject Lynn but they do linger over food – and you painted the picture so well especially I liked
    “curls like gray sack

    drawstrung by eight”


  6. Ingrid
    Sep 21, 2021 @ 00:45:00

    I love the way you draw out the imagery here, winding towards a bloodthirsty conclusion!


  7. Gillena Cox
    Sep 21, 2021 @ 00:12:40

    A creepy crawly lingers…..

    Thanks for dropping by to read mine Lynn.



  8. mic
    Sep 20, 2021 @ 22:08:04

    👌👌👌✒️ I have respect for the work of spiders. Without them, we would wade knee-deep in the bodies of dead insects…


  9. Ali Grimshaw
    Sep 20, 2021 @ 22:05:31

    A perfect Halloween poem. I especially like, “doorway deathtrap”


  10. rothpoetry
    Sep 20, 2021 @ 19:01:35

    I love your bloody ending Lynn! Great images.


  11. revivedwriter
    Sep 20, 2021 @ 18:53:02

    This is almost too descriptive. 🙂 Effective imagery!


  12. Grace
    Sep 20, 2021 @ 18:42:14

    Good for the spider but not for me. Have a good week!


  13. Linda Lee Lyberg
    Sep 20, 2021 @ 16:16:26

    I am not a fan of spiders either, and your poem made me shiver. Well done!


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