According to my records, this is the first thing I wrote in 2001, and I wrote it on my own initiative. It may have dated around the time that my dad and I had a little fight over Spiders, and their place in the world. My reaction to the spider is very simple: KILL KILL KILL! My father's reaction to the spider is also very simple: OBSERVE OBSERVE OBSERVE! (You know, that just doesn't have the same force as kill kill kill...but I will let it stay to preserve parallelism.) My dad will leave spiderwebs in the weirdest places because he thinks the spiders are absolutely fascinating--including in the house. He would scold me if I killed spiders IN THE HOUSE! Anyway, we made a deal that I would never kill spiders outside the house, and he would never give me a hard time (i.e. throw spiders at me...yes...he did threaten to do that...). I have held to my side of the bargain ever since.
Anyway, I don't know if that's why I wrote this poem, but I did write it.
I don't know when I actually began to grasp the concept of meter. I certainly knew iambic, trochaic, dactyllic, and anapestic even in seventh grade, but as this poem shows, I wasn't able to apply the concept to real life. Oh well.