We've not had one of these in a while...
(Poem #230) pity the poor spiders
i have just been reading an advertisement of a certain roach exterminator the human race little knows all the sadness it causes in the insect world i remember some weeks ago meeting a middle aged spider she was weeping what is the trouble i asked her it is these cursed fly swatters she replied they kill of all the flies and my family and i are starving to death it struck me as so pathetic that i made a little song about it as follows to wit twas an elderly mother spider grown gaunt and fierce and gray with her little ones crouched beside her who wept as she sang this lay curses on these here swatters what kills off all the flies for me and my little daughters unless we eats we dies swattin and swattin and swattin tis little else you hear and we ll soon be dead and forgotten with the cost of living so dear my husband he up and left me lured off by a centipede and he says as he bereft me tis wrong but i ll get a feed and me a working and working scouring the streets for food faithful and never shirking doing the best i could curses on these here swatters what kills off all the flies me and my poor little daughters unless we eats we dies only a withered spider feeble and worn and old and this is what you do when you swat you swatters cruel and cold i will admit that some of the insects do not lead noble lives but is every man s hand to be against them yours for less justice and more charity archy
with a charming accompanying illustration at [broken link] http://www.sfo.com/~batt/archy/poem4.html Marquis is a poet of whom I never tire - his Archy and Mehitabel poems, in particular, are some of the most delightful pieces of poetry I have encountered. As usual, I recommend going through the previous Archy poems in the archive first, or at least the first one, for context. Today's poem adds an extra twist - Archy is moved to break into song, with results that are nothing short of hilarious. I laughed out loud several times at the sheer audacity of the verse, and the deadly accuracy with which he pinpoints the tone of voice. The other striking thing about the poem is how smoothly and naturally Marquis has introduced a second 'voice' for Archy; we, the readers, have no problem believing that the (fictional) author of the song and the monologues are one and the same, and that it is Archy writing in the voice of the spider rather than Marquis doing so. And Marquis not only carries it off, he does so with consummate ease. m. Links: Go the the archive at <[broken link] http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstre;s> and sort on Poet name; there have been several of Marquis' poems run in the past. In particular, see poem #36 for background info and context.