Animal Poem Anthology

An anthology of poems around the subject of animals. Enjoy...


3. The Spider and the Fly

"Will you walk into my parlour?" Said the spider to the fly,

"'Tis the prettiest parlour that ever you did spy.

The way to my parlour is up the winding stair,

and I have many pretty things to show when you are there."

"Oh, no" said the fly, "To ask me is in vain,

for who goes up your winding stair can ne'er come down again..."

Mary Howitt, 1829

"But," said the spider with a devious little grin,

"My food is quite divine, compared to your old bin"

"Okay, okay, but only for a jiffy,

and I'll be out in a flash if it seems a bit iffy"

So off they went to the spider's parlour,

Down sat the fly, the spider to the larder.

Back came the spider, complete with a trolly,

and said with a gasp "By golly!"

for all that was left of the poor little fly was his legs, a pair,

and his head strewn down the winding stair...

R.Lowe, 2015

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