massive spider high
above the pantry door
blood pressure rising
lanquid spider moves
slowly in the summer heat
fear freezes our feet
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December 5, 2011 at 10:25 am
Note: this spider was so huge – bigger than a large man’s hand or a medium sized plate – eek!
December 5, 2011 at 10:32 am
Did I mention I don’t like spiders in the house…I’m not sure how I would have handled this guy…of course you probably just put him outside or gave him to a frog. 🙂 Enjoyed the poem.
December 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm
hahaha – I think you are overestimating my courage levels, and underestimating my fear of spiders slpmartin – I let the hubby deal with the spider while I fled 😉
December 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm
I don’t like spiders. I don’t like hurting them, but I do tend to squish first, and ask questions later.
December 6, 2011 at 8:30 am
I’m not to keen on them either Mark 😉 As this one had a body the size of a mouse, I think squishing was also out of the question – yuk! He was dismissed with a spray can.
December 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm
I don’t mind spiders, unless I come across big ones (like that!) unexpectedly. There were lots of huge spiders in Malawi and the British House spider (Tegeneria gigantica) can live up to its scientific name very well. My worst ever spider moment was finding a huge Tegeneria hidden away in a pile of sewing…..
They do like to hide in dark spots and appear suddenly 🙂
December 5, 2011 at 7:57 pm
My 6ft2 husband calls me to dispatch of them which I do (without harm) to oustide with an egg spatula and a small bin, but only if it’s a Huntsman and I don’t think that one is (it’s too fat!!!) – eeeek! You get some really scary critters in QLD
December 6, 2011 at 8:33 am
This one is not a Huntsman bluebee – but I wouldn’t mess with a huntsman – their bite is not fatal but is extremely painful and they have a habit of jumping straight out at any threat (horizontally – gives you such a scare).
December 7, 2011 at 11:13 am
Did you send it down this way?! There was one waiting for me, hovering above the door frame, when I cam home last night (and it didn’t look like a huntsman)
December 7, 2011 at 11:17 am
haha – oops! Come back spider – you went the wrong way 😉 you were supposed to rock up in Tony Abbotts undie drawer not BB’s place!
December 7, 2011 at 11:41 am
LOL!!!! Now that would be perfect! I reckon one of those bird-eating spiders you get up your way could be trained to dispatch of his budgie, once and for all 😉
December 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm
bwhahahahaha – that would make a good poem 😉 ‘the budgie dispatch’
December 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm
I hate to harm them, but nowadays I drown them in spray before they get a chance to jump at me!
December 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm
I now have snow too! Thanks, Gabe, I found it.
December 6, 2011 at 8:34 am
good – the more snow the better adeeyoyo 🙂
exterminate, exterminate 😉
December 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm
That’s a biggun. I’d have to fetch the wife to deal with that – she loves spiders!
December 6, 2011 at 8:35 am
haha – why not! 😉 thanks for stopping by Rog
December 5, 2011 at 11:56 pm
Ok, that does it! I love winter, and cold and no big spiders northern countries!
Did you put it outside?
December 6, 2011 at 8:36 am
hahaha – cold weather does have some benefits Benedicte (the insects do tend to disappear) – we weren’t touching that spider (it got dispatched via spray via Shirl). Thanks for the RT 🙂
December 6, 2011 at 9:33 am
That’s a big ‘un. Even I, who am not a person normally bothered by spiders, would hesitate about trying to catch that one. Yikes!
December 6, 2011 at 10:39 am
hahaha – it’s the biggest spider I have ever seen 🙂 we weren’t taking any chances (though it is usually the tiny spiders that are the most poisonous – redbacks etc.,)
December 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm
i need to show these to my dad… he is petrified of spiders!
December 7, 2011 at 9:21 am
I think we should all be petrified of some spiders Graham – it is what I call a rational fear 🙂
December 7, 2011 at 9:04 am
What a wonderful poem! I was freezing in fear just reading it. And the picture definitely helps you get into that mood. Ugh, ugh, ugh!
Just when I was thinking that getting beyond arachnophobia was a good thing — no, no, no! I’m keeping my spider fear! I’m embracing it — I’m fortifying it!!
Wow, I’m so glad I live so near Washington DC!! All we’ve got are blowhard politicians. And, okay, we’re smack tab on the bull’s eye of various malevolent nuclear-armed countries — but I can kind of deal with that. However, a humongous spider as big as a plate climbing “languidly” — did you say “languidly” on top of the pantry…
No, can’t deal with that at all! Australia has sounded so incredibly, unbelievably beautiful — until now! Some animals should be targets for an “endangered species list” and that guy is one of them! This planet ain’t big enough, I tell you, for him and us….
Off to Mars with that guy!
December 7, 2011 at 9:24 am
I did indeed say languidly Aletha – haha – it’s ok, we hardly ever see spiders like this around the place (they are very shy creatures) – if you ever come to visit I will tell the spiders to take a holiday for the duration 😉 I suppose this means you won’t be too keen on the sharks and stingrays then?
December 8, 2011 at 11:11 am
They should be shy! The difference between spiders verses sharks and stingrays is that the latter just try to kill or eat you whereas spiders add insult to injury by creeping you out before they try to kill (or rather ambitiously to eat?) you!
Spiders are so creepy it’s a wonder that they’re able to make new batches. I’d think they’d scare the bejeebers out of each other!
December 14, 2011 at 3:01 am
aloha Gabrielle – yeah, i’d tread lightly with this creature above me. …it’s the trembling of the net that triggers their quick response, you know… show no fear. just run like a piston on speed. yikes.
suddenly I stop
a spider in the corner
December 14, 2011 at 9:40 am
Bwhahahaha – I’m very fast when I want to be and when my adrenaline is pumping. Love your ku 🙂 thanks Rick.
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