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A Visit From a Friend

I opened up my cupboard door and then I opened wider,
Dwelling cozily inside, a most humongous spider. 

I do not kill a spider, that’s against this gardener’s rule,
But I don’t pick up a spider, I am truly not a fool.

I closed the cupboard saying,  “I’ll wait with you to deal
For tomorrow or the next day, depending how I feel.”

I went to work next morning without removing arachnoid.
I don’t know if I forgot or just was trying to avoid.

For in truth I don’t like spiders though she is a gardener’s friend,
But I’ll defend her right to live her span, right to the very end. 

All day I mulled my problem, how I’d trap her and release her.
I knew I must be careful, if I was clumsy I’d decease her.

That evening  I looked for her, but she wasn’t  where she’d been,
And to me an unseen spider is much worse than one that’s seen.

Then my darling son informed he’d been looking for a cookie
And had found the big old spider hiding in its little nookie.

He remembered what I taught him, that a spider is our friend.
He had carried her to the garden, the rest of her life to spend.

Written May 26, 2003

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  1. Date: 6/24/2013 8:11:00 PM
    Lucky for you such a kind friend, enjoyed this fun spider tale, Joyce, congratulations on your win!

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 11:22:00 AM
    Ahh!!! Enjoyed reading this unique and creative work..It has great rhythm and flow to it..Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 9:12:00 AM
    a very cute poem of yours friend Joyce..I like it..Big Congratulations on your win :) Cheers!! Maria

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 8:46:00 AM
    A Tremendous Poem... One of my All Time Favorites!

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 5:42:00 AM
    a wonderful spider tale Joyce...congrats on your win

  1. Date: 6/20/2013 6:58:00 PM
    That's one great kid!! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/20/2013 6:29:00 PM
    I love the way you write.! How cute is this..congrats. BG

  1. Date: 6/20/2013 4:37:00 PM
    Joyce this a fabulous couplet. I enjoyed it very much. Congratulations on your fine win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 6/20/2013 8:07:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win, Joyce. I share your views on the sacredness of life, even of the smallest and scariest of creatures. David

  1. Date: 6/20/2013 7:25:00 AM
    Great congrats on your superb win, my friend. Loved always, bl

  1. Date: 6/6/2013 6:06:00 AM
    Beautiful words that contain a great lesson. All creatures have a place in God's creation.... But some... He only knows... I'm the same way about snakes. we have a resident garter snake here and I protect her from those who would do her harm... controls the field mice population... Jake

  1. Date: 5/29/2013 1:25:00 AM
    this is so sweet, I sure hope I can think one up for this contest!!

  1. Date: 5/27/2013 8:04:00 PM
    Joyce, this is a delightful poem! I don't like spiders either, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading about this one. Great work! Love, Kim