To Kill a Spider

by Wendy Klein

apologise first
to reduce the chance
of bad luck

catch its eye
make sure
it has heard you

know that if you kill a spider
you risk
losing money

and that the cobwebs
in the house are a sign
of good luck

know that your mother
was misguided
or just plain wrong

that a spider spun a web
over baby Jesus
to hide him from King Herod

consider that spider
that web
that story