Spiders and Glowworms: Sixteen Lines

Having Guests for Dinner

I very nearly missed out on her graceful zigzag gig
beneath my bougainvillea, suspended from a twig.

Behold the nimble spider, spinning out her floss
determined that no insect will turn out to be her loss.

See her web’s tenacity, holding fast her prey—
those delicious visitors who rarely get away.

She sucks out their elixirs with minimal delay,
having guests for dinner every single day.


Incandescent Insect Insomnia

When nature made the  glow worm glimmer,
would that she’d installed a dimmer;
for when I put out the light,
what I expect is total night.

When it puts itself in action,
I fear it sets up a distraction.
Little glow worm on the shelf,
please keep your glowing to yourself.


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Are you old enough to remember this song? I think the lyrics are both fun and brilliant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dpqfvFd1M0

26 thoughts on “Spiders and Glowworms: Sixteen Lines

  1. msjadeli

    I’m not one to say what a beauty when it comes to a spider, but in this case, what a beauty. Such deadly precision in living thing. Your poem does honor and justice to her. I’ve never seen a glow worm before, only lightning bugs. Imagining an episode of The Flintsones where they are used as night lights 🙂


    1. lifelessons Post author

      I’ve never seen a glow worm either but love their song.
      “Glow little glow-worm, fly of fire
      Glow like an incandescent wire
      Glow for the female of the species
      Turn on the AC and the DC . . .”
      Such clever lyrics all the way through.

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  2. Glenn A. Buttkus

    What a clever and wonderful Two-fer. Your spider image is intriguing. I enjoyed the glow worm the most. I sleep with a night light on anyways.


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  4. Sunra Rainz

    I enjoyed your effortless rhymes, Judy. I wrote a poem about fireflies some time ago after watching a nature programmed on them so I know all about their ways. They seem to have unfortunately evolved to destroy each other but that may be because of us humans. By the way, that is one crazy-looking spider! 🙂

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  5. Dora

    These poems are such a treat, truly a joy to read! What smiles they bring, the spider with its guests for dinner (!) and the glow worm with its distracting glimmer!



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