A Moment of Remorse



If it hadn’t been so big
with legs so long—- in the shadow
of early morning
it might have been a tarantula…
not the itsy bitsy kind.

Always humane
and in lieu of ether or morphine,
I soaked a cloth in alcohol and dropped it on him.
The cloth was luxuriously thick but
just to make sure, I stepped on it.
The ensuing crunch was sickening.

He should have stayed
in the water spout but he didn’t
and now he’s dead. Just 4 a.m.
and already I’ve murdered a spider…
Not a good omen for the day ahead.


  1. Enjoyed this lil’ peek into your world today. Poor arachnid in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.



  2. Nice to know you gave the poor old mate an alcohol ether before the crunch. Just be aware that you might be on the top 10 wanted list in the spider underworld. Lol. Hope the rest of the day was uneventful.

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    • LOL

      Thanks Merv,

      It turned out to be a pretty good day, with just a few random moments of remorse for the spider.

      I hope your day is beautiful (and spider free)



  3. Hi Sarah

    We all come to that moment with indoor or outdoor pests whether insect or small mammal, from spider to fly to mouse. I feel , with deep empathy, for your sense of remorse but also resolve not to have a host of them perhaps breeding in your house. Spiders are fascinating but they also bite and some bites can be serious. Anyway, this poem is witty and so well crafted. Love the opening using an allusion to the old nursery rhyme and the ending which picks up on that theme again. You allow, with your voice and heart, in this verse for the reader to feel both sides of the issue but the greater one of your humanity. And that is such a beautiful thing. Indeed –

    “He should have stayed
    in the water spout but he didn’t..”

    If only he had remained hidden but then who knows what could have happened. Thank you for sharing this poem, I enjoyed it tremendously and think it shows how the smallest events mirror the larger and complex part of our conscious and human character/ condition.

    Thank you!
    take care,

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  4. Dear Wendy,

    Your response warms my heart and soul. You have such
    a keen insight and a kind heart. Your comments are reason
    enough to keep on keeping on.

    Thank you!



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