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๐—๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ผ

๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜™๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ

Jorogumoโ€™s no Anansi imp;

ainโ€™t no Japanese tarantula.

Can shape shift into a femme fatale โ€“

An any-kind-you-fancy Nancy

or Betty Noir. Buxom brunette

with or without mole? Lusty surfer blonde?

Or black, high cheek and long-boned โ€“

the kind you wanna take home to ma.

Exotic Asian โ€“ whatever amazinโ€™ clichรฉ

you got goinโ€™, sheโ€™ll materialize for you.

Imagine the crookinโ€™ capabilities

of eight fingers in two. That hullabaloo.

Sheโ€™s gonna bleed you of your every resource

and then suck your soul thorough a hole

you didnโ€™t know you had. Lust and pride? Poof!

Sheโ€™ll ride you out to the sunset

and suck every bit of succulence

outta yer tired hide. Then abide

as a plump spider in a twelve-foot nest

in the forest between trees. Donโ€™t do

to get on yer knees when you sproing into that net!



Richard Stevenson recently retired from a 30-year English and Creative Writing teaching gig at Lethbridge College and moved to Nanaimo, B.C. He has published thirty books and a jazz/poetry disc with Naked Ear.



Speculative fiction & POETRY ZINE
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