(A Poetic) Friday Fan Art
11 year-old Abby from Clapham, England is quite a fan of The Spider & The Fly. “How big of a fan?” you ask. She’s such an awesome fan that she penned an awesome sequel. Check it out.
The Spider and the Fly 2
By Abby, age 11
“Hoorah! My plan has finally worked,”
Thought the spider in his head.
“I have eaten up that poor fly now and she is long dead!”
The spider laughed and laughed with glee.
He then set off for a snack,
But he heard an unwelcome knock on the door
That stopped him in his tracks.
The spider went to open the door
When the visitor barged inside
He could not run, he could not flee,
He could not even hide.
“You have the right to remain silent,”
Said the very angry police pest.
“We think you are a murderer
And you are hereby under arrest.”
The spider met his lawyer,
A cunning, clever man.
The odds were not good at all,
But at least they had a plan.
The opening speech was made,
A story of his knighthood.
The jury seemed to lap it up,
Things were looking good.
The ghostly fly was called to the stand,
An oath is what she swore,
She then began a gory tale
Of what happened two nights before.
Next to be questioned were two ghost bugs
“We warned her but she didn’t listen!”
They pleaded to the judge.
“Aha! At last! It’s my time to shine!”
Thought the spider.
“Now I shall be questioned and I’ll give answers sublime!”
The spider was questioned,
He gave tales that were tall.
“I’m a kind hearted fellow, but ne’er a fool.”
“The spider and the fly?
What a tale of great height.
Why I haven’t seen old Tony
Since…that terrible fight.”
A surprise was in store
For the spider, aghast
As his ex-friend Mr DiTerlizzi
Had arrived at last.
Yelled the spider
“Objection I say!”
I have not forgiven Tony to this very day!”
“Objection not granted,”
Said the judge
And the spider did not draw breath until he had gone.
“The jury will now pass their verdict.”
Said the judge to the court.
And the spider’s throat was rather taut.
The jury came back, then came the judge.
The spider was ready,
Prepared for the worst.
He knew it was coming,
His tears were well rehearsed.
But the spider was met
With a pleasant surprise.
He didn’t need to prepare his eyes.
Haha! He was free
Of a burden so chilling.
Now he could go back
And do some more killing.
…Here’s what I love: Abby uses the meter of the original poem AND creates a twist ending. Delicious! Perhaps you’ll enjoy the 10th Anniversary edition of S&F that will be creeping its way to bookstores later this year…more on that next time.
Keep writing, keep drawing, keep dreaming.