On the subject of spiders

(For the purpose of rhyme, I have combined the traditional Caribbean male trickster god, Anansi with the Southern U.S. female folklore character, Aunt Nancy)

Friday rains down on arraigned Anansi
Madly she spins as rice spills
through her fingers and onto the floor
She perches on porches and ponders it all
The children she’s taken, like the rice grains that fall
in the baking, Jamaican heat

Sweet scent of meat greets fleeting feet
of street merchant
who, impertinent enough, grabs serpent’s scruff and asserts it upon bluff arachnid

Aunt Nancy dances fancifully away
Boy sleeps in bed to live one more day

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