I was bitten by a black widow spider
her web a cape of silver
trailing along behind her.
I was making muffins in the kitchen
The fire in the woodstove
had the whole room glowing orange
And still she sidled up
and nipped me hard, right on the leg.
Her wicked face turned up at me
as I yelped in pain, and then
she scurried off to find the flesh
of some other helpless victim.
October 17, 2011