Walk Into My Parlour

“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly,
“‘Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I have many curious things to shew when you are there.”
“Oh no, no,” said the little Fly, “to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne’er come down again.”

The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt

About Eliza Waters

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86 Responses to Walk Into My Parlour

  1. Anne says:

    Oh Eliza, this was one of the first poems I learned at primary school! I am so pleased you have reminded me of it alongside your very apt photograph!

  2. Karen Lang says:

    Amazing capture 💚💚

  3. It is a spider eat fly world out there! Great photo!

  4. Cathy says:

    A wonderful shot Eliza! Nature is cruel. I watched with horror the other day how a hornet attacked and devoured a bee. 😮

  5. “Let me wrap my arms around you like a circle ’round the sun”. 🙂

  6. Dee Min says:

    Brilliant!! I enjoyed it 😊

  7. neihtn2012 says:

    Perfect photo for that poem!

  8. Smart little fly. 😉 Love all the shades of green.

  9. I always appreciate a morning chuckle. 🙂

  10. Treah Pichette says:

    What an incredible photo! Perfect for the poem.

  11. Irene says:

    Perfect image to go with the story. Well done! 😁❤️

  12. utahan15 says:

    web a trap
    alas and alack

  13. Alice says:

    So much easier to catch your meals when you have 8 legs.

  14. Debbie says:

    Eek!! What a fabulous capture, Eliza. Good thing that fly has wings, providing he doesn’t get stuck in that sticky web!

  15. Dale says:

    Fantastic capture and perfect to add this little poem. Well done, Ms Eliza!

  16. Jane Lurie says:

    Beautiful storytelling image and clever poem, Eliza. 🙂

  17. Widdershins says:

    But it’s such a pretty green parlour. 😀

  18. Kris P says:

    It is spider season! There’s one hiding among the leaves of one of my dahlias, which I managed to get excited for a moment yesterday.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Late summer is busy with spiders, particularly noticeable are the orb weavers. All are welcome in my garden, as they are both pest control and bird fodder. 😉

  19. Very nice, Eliza!. Was it a good outcome for the fly 😏

  20. shoreacres says:

    This was one of the first verses I remember learning — along with the one about the itsy-bitsy spider that went up the water spout. It’s a wonderful photo and a perfect illustration for the verse.

  21. Isha Garg says:

    Oh my goodness! I love this! Perfect capture! Brought back so many memories of reciting this poem in school.

  22. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    So glad the little Fly lived to tell the tale Eliza! 💚

  23. Wonderful capture and I always love those photos that immediately bring back memories!

  24. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    It is such a lovely little poem isn’t it? It almost looks like the spider is hiding from the fly but perhaps it is just waiting to pounce!

  25. My father used to read that to us when we were kids.

  26. pbmgarden says:

    It’s definitely spider season here too! Nice image.

  27. Happy to be the hundredth person to love that shot, beautiful

  28. Amazing!!!
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  29. Adele Brand says:

    🙂 it’s a spider-eat-spider world in my house. Quite a few Pholcidae spiders around, which look feeble but readily eat the chunky big house spiders. One of them also had the bad taste to catch and eat a fly above my desk while I was trying to work the other day.

  30. Richmond Extra says:

    Very awsome writing 🔥🤭🏵️

  31. maryjane678 says:

    Wonderful picture. You could start a new trend. Picture and a poem??!!??

  32. Love the poem Eliza, and the very appropriate pic!

  33. That was so lovely!! Amazing writing!

  34. Spiders, my BIGGEST phobia! 😳 From a distance they can be interesting. But if one gets on me, have mercy, the world around knows! That being said, your clever photo and quote is perfect, Eliza! 🙂

  35. Subhraroy says:

    Yes, it’s fine mention that one who goes up the spider’s winding stairs can never come down.

  36. appamprawns says:

    This is so much more than just a spider and a fly piece. Awesome !!

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