Who’s Frightened Now? by Max Fatchen


The spider said, “It seems to me

A spider’s case could worsen.

Miss Muffet has a pressure spray

Concealed about her person.


“And any spider who is lured

By pretty eyes downcast

Had better see that he’s insured

Before he breathes his last.


“Her gentle charms are on display.

Do come and sit beside her?

This routine with her curds and whey

Means curtains for a spider!”


The spider shook his trembling shanks

And through his web went flitting.

“Miss Muffet’s tuffet? Please, no thanks.

I think I’ll miss this sitting!”


Source:  Fractured Fairytales & Ruptured Rhymes compiled by Ann Weld. Omnibus Books, 1990


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