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February 27, 2017 Poetry

Take That, Linnaeus

Candice Kelsey

Take That, Linnaeus photo

In our house

which plays host to many spiders,

I fully concede

that my choice

of Arachnophobia

for Family Movie Night

may have been

poor at best.

But I am not responsible

in the least

for this morning

when the youngest child

screamed from

her bath

not out of fear

but indignation that this creature

waltzing up the tile

is called a Daddy Long Legs

when clearly

it could be a mommy

or even a child

for that matter.


image: Bryan Bowie