Antagonists to the Ants

I have a family, and
we are always protecting out babies
and queen mother
from you.
You are the monster that looms in
ancestral lullabies since the
beginning of the fake caves.
We had to become skilled at
reading the earthquakes, because
you don’t hear our screams nor
care when you smite our village
with might or poison.
If only you could hear our cries.

(napowrimo day 21…and for: )

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  1. “…with might or poison”, the hurt brought on by refusal to care about the suffering of another is lethal, soul draining… and so very infuriating.

    The speaker sounds so tired… it’s hard not to reach out, and say, “I hear you.”

  2. sanaarizvi

     /  April 21, 2017

    ‘If only you could hear our cries..’ sigh.. indeed. This is so poignant!

  3. I LOVE this ant-voice. “If only you could hear our cries.” A wonderful perspective of the voiceless.

  4. Wow…we struggle to hear the cries of those right beside us…heaven help the micro world.

  5. Oh, my. This reminded me of the tiny world of voices on Horton’s flower in Horton Hears a Who. So many worlds we don’t see, or take the time to care about. Well done.

  6. The ant voice profoundly speaks in unity with human voices. We both suffer the agony of poison.

  7. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

     /  April 21, 2017

    Thank you for giving them a voice!

  8. Giving voices to the voiceless.Is that not a poet’s mission?


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