Mr. Arachnoid

I only knew life 
inside a zoo’s unkempt cell.

An unexpected man 
was bold enough to risk his life; 
he unlocked my gate. 
I followed him home 
like a loyal puppy.

I got lured me into his web of lies, 
I could not untangle myself.

He devoured my hope 
and spit it back in my face. 
As my body was drained dry, 
he kicked me out in the street: 
an emaciated body 
crawling to the gates of hell.

This poem was originally published in “Welcome to the Sombre Days” (2018)

Jeremy Mifsud is a queer and autistic poet from Malta. Social ineptitude becomes a catalyst for his art as he weaves unsaid words into poems and stories. He is the author of the poetry collection Welcome to the Sombre Days (2018). More of his works appear or are forthcoming in Please Hear What I'm Not Saying(2018), TerseLittle Lion LiteraryConstellate Magazine, and others. You can read more of his work at and Twitter, @poetrybyjeremy.

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