Miriam felt that a wolf spider
was stalking our pet cricket, Oreo
who lives in a small indented "crouching pit"
next to the refrigerator

So I followed the spider’s wanderings
then put a glass jar atop
slid a paper underneath
& carried it out to the garden

She pointed out that Oreo
had halted its chirping
while the wolf was on the floor

then resumed
         when I carried it out:

When the wolf peeks through the door-jamb
no more baaing from the lamb