The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

The Spiders Inside Her

My dog has a habit:
Before I can nab it,
She swallows each spider in sight.

The teeniest new ones,
The ones that weigh two tonnes,
She gobbles them all with delight.

If they keep on spinning,
Their webs are beginning
To form in her tummy, I fear.

The spiders inside her
Will make her grow wider
Her innards will fill up — oh dear!

I hope that she burps up
The bugs that she slurps up:
Their spinning should happen out here.

About the Writer

Jennifer Thomas

Jennifer is a Canadian writer and editor. She is the co-writer of the Invisible Things zine, a collection of poems about the invisible creatures (gnomes, imps, and so on) who inhabit the world of modern kids and get into no end of mischief. Jennifer comes up with her best ideas for poems while she’s walking her dog, and as a result her dog gets lots of walks. This makes her dog very happy.