Written in the style of Walt Whitman’s Oh Captain! My Captain! in the sense that it’s an elegy and it follows the AABBCDED rhyming format.
Oh Spider! My Spider
By Steven Li
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout;
Down came the rain and washed the spider out;
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain;
But it was far too late, for the spider had been slain.
He tried to climb high;
He tried to hide low;
But no matter where the spider went;
The rain was sure to go.
All was swept away in that apocalyptic flood;
It didn’t help that there was a torrent of mud.
No bird nor bee could manage to flee;
All were washed away in the now-present sea.
The spider fought valiantly;
A medal he could have won;
But his heart promptly ceased to beat;
For drowning was no fun.