Does a Spider ?

Does a spider, when it dies, cry and cry and cry for all it's lost,

or does it wrinkle up its compound eyes,

and chuckle over captured flies,

and frightened children?

Does a spider reminisce on eaten lovers,

and a stolen kiss?

Or rather does it miss,

The crunching legs of cold, dismembered insects?

Does a spider on a spiral thread have spiral dreams?

Or does it fear such terrifying things

as spiteful beaks and angry pounding wings.

Does a spider in the bath try and try and try to get away?

Or rather does it play

a fun-packed game of out the window

and up the outside drain?

© 1986 Gavin Miller. All rights reserved.