Today’s prompt at the Writer’s Digest April 2023 Challenge site is to write a response poem.
This poem may respond to one of your own poems, or to a poem by another poet. It could also be a response to something you read in the news, to the person who cut you off in traffic. Use your imagination.
Okay, here’s my imaginative response to an old nursery rhyme.
Killing Miss Muffet’s Spider
Little Miss Muffet likes to sit on her tuffet, consuming her Cheerios and whey but if a spider – in all innocence, I’m sure – happens along and sits its minuscule self beside, above, below, or – Heaven forbid! – on her, she comes running to me! “You’re the one,” she flatters, “brave enough to deal icky squishies their death blow.” “Hurry,” she wails. “Come kill this loathsome bug or it surely will bite me somewhere! And what can one say to such wide-eyed terror? So I play the heavy, Jack the giant killer, the meanie who murders the monsters that menace Miss Muffet while she sits on her tuffet and leaves me to it.
Spider image: Peter Schmidt — Pixabay