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My Latest Roommate

By Rori O'Keeffe

Copyright © 2018 by Rori O'Keeffe

Published at Smashwords by Rori O'Keeffe


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My Latest Roommate

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My Latest Roommate

Eating cricket powder is the new thing,

At least among the in crowd.

I've never seen such an elegant spinneret,

As I have on my cool pet spider.

We chat idly while she waits for an insect,

Or a delectable mate to come along.

Nothing I say surprises her -

I like that in invertebrates -

And she sits quite still,

Meditating on my latest quip.

I suppose I should ask her to move -

Across the room, I mean -

She's very much in my way when I walk,

Which I do quite a bit.

I'd say she must be three, maybe four years-old,

Guessing from the enormity of her hairy leg span.

She's a smart spider, building her nest in here,

Out of the springtime rains.

Now I hear the front door,

And in walks Suzanne,

Her habits as yet unfamiliar to me.

She strides blithely – arrogantly - across the room,

And – no!

Too slow by a hair comes my imploring shout,

And Suzanne steps on my new pet spider.

Cra-ack goes the spider,

And whack goes the mail onto the table,

From Suzanne's palm.

My latest roommate,

My latest pet spider,

Meet tragically.

At least the spider was quiet and well-mannered,

Unlike Suzanne,

Who's always putting her foot

In the wrong place.

That Suzanne won't last here long -

Her manners make my skin crawl,

She bugs me too much,

And I've noticed she eats cricket powder.

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Selected Poems 2013 – 2017

The Complete Rori O'Keeffe

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