Poem a Day 27

A gentle parody of a quaint era in poetry, from this prompt.

From a 1910 Heirloom Anthology

“Take off your coat and stay a while,”
The spider said to me.
“Take off your coat and stay a while.”
She said it with a gentle smile,
But I was almost half a mile
Away and up a tree.

When I look back on my regrets—
For I have had my share—
When I look back on my regrets—
The unbought stocks and bungled bets
And mistimed symptoms of Tourette’s—
The spider isn’t there.

And yet I find myself once more
In front of 7A.
And yet I find myself once more,
My knuckles knocking on your door.
I plead, “Not like it was before.”
You answer, “Either way.”

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