Spiders are fine. They’re fine.

I wouldn’t call it arachnophobia. 
I’m not paralyzed at the sight of a spider
proudly squatting on a sticky throne 
creepily waiting,
enormous bug eyes surveilling 
the nightmares of smaller bugs soon to wander
through a web of foreboding. 

But the thought of eight legs skittering 
across my skin — pincers pelting me with jitters,
tremors rippling over me
in concentric circles of panic,
now unsure of my link
on the food chain.

Oh hell. Now I can’t sleep.

Phillip Knight Scott | © 2019

Happy Halloween! Submitted for the Poets United: Midweek Motif ~ A Million Years Howl When Voices Whisper Among The Trees

Published by Phillip Knight Scott

My name is Phillip. I am a Tar Heel born and bred and watch every Yankees game I can. I'm still searching for my own TARDIS. My first novel, "The Alien in the Backseat," is available now! https://amzn.to/3oVCG77

36 thoughts on “Spiders are fine. They’re fine.

  1. Oh for goodness sake –
    I’m glad I read this post this morning or it would have been added to the host of other things my mind was throwing up and ruminating on last night 😂😂😂 spiders 🕷 eh no mine is cane toads they have big legs are ugly and a nasty habit of jumping

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  2. Oy, I shiver with you. I am remembering suddenly seeing a very fat bright red spider on my grandson’s neck, how I swooped to brush it off him, how horrified he was…..gah!

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  3. I never worried about spiders when we lived in England but the ones in Australia are quite obnoxious and my wife insisted I take them outside. Naturally this was a regular job as they always found a way back in…or was that their siblings?

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      1. After some internet research, we concluded it was a Huntsman spider not dangerous to humans. Then it took a while to accept sharing bungalow. Then I could sleep some.


  4. Oh, I’m feeling this one. Spiders really creep me out. They have their place in nature, but I prefer they do their work unseen by me.


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