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napowrimo #3

April 3, 2010

The prompt I’m attempting today is from Read Write Poem: “Write about something that scares you.” I was inspired both the prompt’s subject (a fear: one of mine is not being seen for who I am) and the prompt’s mention of tarantulas. I imagined a monologue delivered by a female tarantula to her mate. I remembered (wrongly) that the females eat the males after mating. Finding the right information lead me to my title.

from Wikipedia: “After the semen has been transferred to the receptive female’s body, the male will swiftly leave the scene before the female recovers her appetite. Although females may show some aggression after mating, the male rarely becomes a meal.”



  1. April 3, 2010 11:31 am

    Luscious. Absolutely luscious!! Such lively imagery on such a freshly written “draft” of a poem. Wow.

    • April 3, 2010 6:43 pm

      thank you, julie.

      one of my experiences of writing (always, not just napowrimo) is that what’s lively and what has energy is the first bit that comes to me and i work around it and attempt not to kill it (though i sometimes do). i find that the poems i draft that are lifeless from the first draft have no hope no matter how much i revise — i find “lively” and “energetic” characteristics that are hard for me to create after the fact.

      that’s a long way of saying, i’m pleased you see it here in this first draft. it’s a good sign. 🙂

  2. April 3, 2010 5:59 pm

    Your writing is bloodcurdlingly good. Dreary and fangy!

    • April 3, 2010 6:49 pm

      thanks for reading, irene!

      your note has made me think of that word: bloodcurdling — and wonder if there’s any science behind it. would make a good subject for a poem if anyone’s up for it!!!

  3. April 3, 2010 6:27 pm

    Heh, excellent… glad I’m not the only one trying to transform that arachnophobia into something interesting. 🙂

  4. April 3, 2010 10:45 pm

    Nice riff on the prompt — led you to inventive places, but still fits in the husband theme! Love that.

    Weird note: I sloughed cells in my poem, too, though not as well as you did. xxoo

  5. April 3, 2010 10:46 pm

    PS — Keep meaning to tell you I like the white background. Looks terrific.

  6. April 4, 2010 12:12 am

    I’ve just read your first three – love them all. Thanks for visiting!

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