Feeding Spiders

by Linda Fuller

Feeding spiders is the worst
I can attest, though not well-versed
in this endeavor - jumped headfirst
but I won’t say I was coerced.

Feeding spiders is the best
and lends to life a certain zest
as they devour every pest
that dares to venture near their nest.

Feeding spiders is humdrum
but to this task I did succumb
and now they thrive with every crumb
of bug: I’ve got a “spider thumb”.


Author's Note: I've been taking care of a false widow spider for approximately 3-1/2 years. Of late, I've been feeding several spiderlings in my kitchen with flightless fruit flies purchased from Petco. Sometimes, as one ages, one's mind goes...

Posted on 09/03/2013
Copyright © 2022 Linda Fuller

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Jim Benz on 09/03/13 at 09:10 PM

I'm afraid that when I feed spiders ... it's usually to my vacuum! But only once or twice a year--the rest of the time they fascinate me.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 09/04/13 at 02:19 AM

A "spider thumb" is too clever. This was fun from start to finish, Linda.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 09/13/13 at 01:32 AM

Fun poem and I leaned a lot too. He knew what a spider mom had to do to feed and save her many legged babe.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 09/19/13 at 10:59 PM

LOL! This is cute Linda. Having had both a life long dread and fascination with those eight legged neighbors of ours, I enjoyed this very much. :)

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 09/27/13 at 12:15 PM

Linda. there is so much to love beyond the content, the rhythm and rhyme, is simply spot on. This ode merits at least two spider's thumbs up.

Posted by George Hoerner on 06/24/17 at 06:01 PM

Ah lady, one of the joys of aging is doing as you wish and watching everyone else shake their head!! Nice write. g

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/10/19 at 02:17 AM

This is so much fun! Thanks, Linda, and congrats on POTD!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 08/10/19 at 11:04 PM

Great to read this again Linda. Congrats on POTD!

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