What made me think of this was the much more common noun ‘Arachnophobia’ as exemplified in Peter de Niverville’s masterful short story ‘The Petting Zoo’ which I consider the BEST SHORT STORY OF 2012! [ it can be found on the web ]

My poem is a much gentler look at our little eight-legged friends. I hope you enjoy it.



Some people can’t get over

their arachnophobia

but say that I’m far sillier :

I have arachnophilia .


Red-backs and huntsmen

and daddy-long-legs

I just love to visit

in granddad’s shed


while the backyard becomes

a construction site

where spiders build webs

on hot summer nights .

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