Friday, July 4, 2014

Poetry Friday: The Spider

Photo by Orest

Check out Poetry Friday at My Juicy Little Universe. This is a great place to find excellent poetry.

I've been thinking about patience a lot lately and this poem preaches that virtue. It would also be a great poem to use when teaching point of view in poetry. 

The Spider by Jane Taylor

"OH, look at that great ugly spider!" said Ann; 
And screaming, she brush'd it away with her fan; 

"'Tis a frightful black creature as ever can be, 

I wish that it would not come crawling on me. "

"Indeed," said her mother, "I'll venture to say,
The poor thing will try to keep out of your way; 

For after the fright, and the fall, and the pain, 
It has much more occasion than you to complain.

"But why should you dread the poor insect, my dear?
If it hurt you, there'd be some excuse for your fear; 

But its little black legs, as it hurried away,
Did but tickle your arm, as they went, I dare say.

"For them to fear us we must grant to be just,
Who in less than a moment can tread them to dust; 

But certainly we have no cause for alarm; 
For, were they to try, they could do us no harm.

"Now look! it has got to its home; do you see
What a delicate web it has spun in the tree? 

Why here, my dear Ann, is a lesson for you: 
Come learn from this spider what patience can do!

"And when at your business you're tempted to play,
Recollect what you see in this insect to-day, 

Or else, to your shame, it may seem to be true, 
That a poor little spider is wiser than you. "


  1. Spiders do have amazing patience *and* resilience, don't they? No matter how many times their webs are messed up, they get back to work.

  2. On this 4th of July weekend it occurs to me that we Americans could use some lessons in patience and point of view from our arachnine friends...thanks, Jeff!

  3. Oh that is a lovely read, Jeff. Thought-provoking indeed. :)

  4. I agree with you, Jeff: the My Juicy Little Universe blog is a terrific resource! Thanks for sharing this poem--summer is a great time to practice patience (and to just stand still for a minute and OBSERVE)!


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