A Spider Lives in our Mailbox

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A spider lives in our mailbox,
she’s big and hairy and black.
She waved ‘hello’ to the postie
and then he never came back.

A spider lives in our mailbox
who spun a massive egg sac.
We showed it off to our neighbour
and then she never came back.

The babies hatched in our mailbox,
they’re cute and tiny and black.
Then daddy bought a new mailbox;
he won’t have the old one back!

63 thoughts on “A Spider Lives in our Mailbox

  1. That’s a funny poem Kristin it reminds me of my mum she doesnt like spiders at all and she wouldn’t go get the mail if there was a spider in our mailbox we would probably move

    • Hi Hollie,

      Thanks for your comment. I think a lot of people are like your mum! I actually like spiders, but I had to move the spider and her babies out of our mailbox when we went on holiday, because otherwise our neighbour wouldn’t collect our mail for us. That’s what inspired me to write this poem.

      Kristin

  2. Hi Kristin
    My Dad and I read ‘A Spider Lives in our Mailbox’ I chose this poem because I like spiders. Your spider waving ‘hello’ made my Dad and I laugh. I like the rhyming in the poem all the way through. It reminded me of when I saw a Red back in the pipe out the back yard.

    • Hi Haydn,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you and your dad both laughed. I really did have a huntsman spider in my mailbox. I like huntsmans, but I don’t like redback spiders! We found 3 in a pipe in our back yard. Maybe I should write a poem about that!

      Kristin

  3. Hello
    Mum and I read this poem because we had a real spider in our mailbox. It didn’t have any babies and we didn’t buy a new mailbox. I liked the rhyming words in this poem.

  4. Hi Kristin

    I really liked your poem. The funny thing is that we also had a Huntsman living in our mailbox and had spun web not sure if it had laid any eggs because as soon as we noticed it mum was quick to get the poison spray and and use half of it to kill the spider hahahahahahaha as you can see my mum is very afraid of spiders.
    I thought the poem was very funny and i really enjoyed it.

    • Hi Tehya,

      Thanks for your lovely comment. Although I was a bit sad to hear that your mum killed the huntsman spider. They are my favourite spider.

      Kristin

  5. Dear Kristin
    I really like your poem about spiders and how so many people were sacred of her because well she was a spider. From this poem I understood how so many humans are scared of tiny living beings that are more scared of us than we are of them.
    Loved the poem
    Yenuli

  6. Dear Kristin,

    I chose this poem because the title sounds funny.
    I think it’s funny because spiders cannot talk and wave. My favourite bit was ‘they never came back’ because it was hilarious to read about the scaredy cats. But you know what? I’m eight and I am a BIG scaredy cat myself.

    Thank you for the poem and I enjoyed reading it.

    From Lucas

    • Hi Lucas,

      Thank you for your comment. It is quite sensible to be scared of things that are dangerous, and some spiders, like red backs, are dangerous. Huntsmen spiders aren’t through. But my neighbour really was scared of the huntsman spider in our mailbox.

      Kristin

  7. I have read all of your silly poems but I think this one is my favourite poem. The reason is because I really like spiders and I think this is a really funny and smart poem!

    Emmy Eliza Manning :):):)

    • Hi!

      Thanks for your comment! I’m sorry I didn’t reply sooner, but I didn’t know it was there (I didn’t get a notification from the website- oops!).

      I’m so glad to hear that you like my silly poems. I’m also really glad to hear that you like spiders too. So many people don’t like them, but I think they are great!

      Kristin

  8. I am terrified of spiders and I don’t want to be reaching into mailboxes anytime soon as there may be a spider in there. This poem was quite good though and I liked how this poem had a consistent rhythm.

    • Hi Chomilka,

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I’m glad you noticed my poem has a consistent rhythm. I worked hard to make it that way.

      Did you know that daddy long legged spiders can’t hurt people? They are nice spiders, as they eat flies and mosquitos too. Some spiders aren’t so nice.

      Kristin

  9. I am absolutely terrified with spiders and just the way you described them gave me shivers. From now on, I am always going to check if there are spiders in the mailbox before I collect the mail.

    • Hi Chomilka,

      I’m sorry that my poem has made you more scared. I have never, ever been bitten by a huntsman spider- that’s what the spider is called. It is a good idea not to touch spiders, though- except for daddy long leg spiders; they can’t hurt you.

      Kristin

  10. Hi Kristin,

    this poem reminded me of when I was in my room studying I just looked up and I saw an giant hairy spider. So I started to screeeeeeeeeeeeeam. I told My sister and mother what happened and they said that I was screaming because there was a snake

    Tirath

    • Hi Paige,

      Thanks for your comment. I agree, the dad in the poem was kind. We are kind to spiders in my family, because spiders eat horrible flies and mosquitos.

      Kristin

  11. Hi Methuli,

    I’m not scared of spiders, but my neighbour is! He wouldn’t check my mail for me when I went away for a week because of the spider that lived there!

    Kristin

    • Hi Harry,

      I think the dad would be annoyed, though the poem is fiction. I have had a spider in my mailbox, and she did have babies there, but I didn’t mind.

      Kristin

  12. Sorry I’m late coming to this conversation Kristin, but I’d like to know about how Dad makes the new mailbox a spider-free zone, and whether he is successful at it …

    Cheers, and thanks for your fantastic workshop this morning, you were great!

    • Poor Dad, it didn’t work. The spiders moved into the new mailbox pretty quickly!

      I really enjoyed presenting the workshop on writing and publishing children’s poetry. I’m happy to do more workshops.

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