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I Swallow A Spider in my Dreams

A Poem

By Bri CraigPublished 3 months ago 1 min read
I Swallow A Spider in my Dreams
Photo by Alfred Schrock on Unsplash

You were the spider in my left lung,

but I sneezed and you stayed.

A dance of unplanned symbiosis:

the webbed breath, the air cocoon.


I bring to the butcher, an assembly

of my best pieces, ask for the

head to be removed from the body,

the body removed from the end.

But leave the spider in my lung

(to keep me company).


I invite everyone I’ve met at the corner store

and deliver unto them a feast of my finest self,

hoping no one questions the strangeness of

the main course, an assembly of seasonals:

a perhaps poisonous mushroom, a past-date

pollock, a pause to point out the sustainability

of eating insects (agreed upon by the spider).


But I end up eating dinner alone.

(Almost alone).


I don’t blame anyone for leaving the table.

Just like the spider cannot be blamed

for creating a meal out of the one

who has swallowed him.

nature poetry

About the Creator

Bri Craig

Bri Craig (she/her) is a variety pack writer. She enjoys writing poetry, webcomic features, humor, short stories, and personal anecdotes. Basically, neither of us will ever know what will be posted next!

Let's connect! More about me here.

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