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Ant's Army

I stand and watch the exodus of ants Through sig sag tracks, they wind their way They march like disciplined soldiers Never deterred by hurdles on their way Are they fleeing from an imminent danger? Or are they on their way to forage their daily bread They move on urgency, no straggler on the way Oh! With what collective energy they tread It seems, these tiny insects lead an active communal life Sometimes thousands of them scuttle on the ground We wonder who summons them to gather as a group Usually they keep in line with the ones going in front White ants build underground condominiums As from castles, their spires tower above the ground They are thus comfortably settled beneath In air conditioned compartments within the mound Black ants occupy every creek and cranny And live in unified colonies without strife They are not fussy about where they stay Any humble shelter is enough for their simple life If by chance one gets hurt or wounded The others generously carry it on their back It is fun to watch them scurry on their tiny legs And observe them move along, forming a neat track Red ants are the miscreants of the whole lot With mandibles like pliers, they pinch n pierce the skin They might even crawl unseen to our beds Leaving us itchy and scratchy making our heads spin If the carcass of a rat or roach is found In no time it is stripped down to the bone If some grain is strewn on their way In seconds each one carries and it is done Unity is their strength, through precept they prove They work together and live in harmony They never rob another of his property Nor like man covet his neighbor’s money! 15. Jan. 2022 Insect’s Poetry Contest Sponsor- Angela Tune

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Date: 1/16/2022 7:12:00 AM
Hi Valsa - first time reader - very impressed with your hugely informative poem. I am fascinated by ants, such industrious insects. I have written 2 poems last year about ants - DON'T MESS WITH ANTS, and, REVENGE OF THE ANTS. I hope your New Year will be filled with love and peace, Hugs and blessings, Jennifer.
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Date: 1/16/2022 1:29:00 AM
I think it is in Australia that a human was eaten by ants. But it is a rare occasion. You describe the life of an ant very well. Best for a win.
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Date: 1/15/2022 8:19:00 PM
You certainly have thoroughly 'dissected' the ant here, Valsa! G.L. in the contest. ~ 'Bugs' Bunny. lol. :) Thanks, gw
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Date: 1/15/2022 5:10:00 PM
Vasla, Your ant story was entertaining. I gained some knowledge about ants. A well-considered verse. Blessings ~ Debra
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Date: 1/15/2022 12:35:00 PM
Valsa, you've written a wonderful poem. Indeed, ants have the rigor of an army, as well as highly-developed social intelligence, as shown by their own language and a strong sense of togetherness spirit, as you so eloquently portray in your vivid poem. Best wishes for a successful outcome.
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Date: 1/15/2022 12:15:00 PM
They have the discipline of an army and well developed communications skills, and superb community spirit--as you so expertly illustrate in this descriptive poem. Win BIG, Valsa.
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Date: 1/15/2022 10:40:00 AM
I stepped on an ant in Germany, and was surprised to see other ants immediately dash out, do a little dance around the deceased, ceremoniously pluck out its antennae, then haul off the carcass. I haven't stepped on an ant since then. Enjoyed your poem! Aloha!
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Date: 1/15/2022 9:02:00 AM
Indeed, my cup of tea. Nature heals, teaches by just be-ing. So erudite in last stanzas with comparisons to our species. In my worst moments, Nature's balm came. No questions
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