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ANTZ

( Not the Movie! )


© - Tom Hyland - 5/15/12


The real spelling is ... ANTS.
I happen to normally be an observant Guy -
Especially, when it comes to Nature.
I have noticed a certain phenomenon many, many Times:


While sitting outside, looking down at the Ground,
Motion catches my Eye ...
One little Ant - then two, three, Four ...
Half a dozen - more, more, MORE!

All strung out in a Marching Line ...
Hup - Haup - Three - Four ...
Sometimes, Single Columns ...
Sometimes Double ...


All with an obvious dedicated Purpose -
Heading somewhere, sometimes carrying Food ...
Back to the Ole Homestead Perhaps?
Count Cadence Count! One! Two! Three! Four!


But ... What’s This?
Other Columns - Going in the Opposite Direction ...
Are they Changing Shifts?
Day Shift? Night Shift? First String? Second String?


ANTS ... HUP - HAUP - THREE - FOUR ...


Busy Little Guys ... Going To and From Work!
Occasional Stragglers ... Occasional Bumping ...
Maybe a Leader ... Giving Instructions?
Or - Perhaps a Rebel-Rouser, or Deserter?


Back in ’75 - Couldn’t get a Job!
A Recession was going On!
Joined ‘The ORKIN Army’!
Went to School for a Week in Rockville, Maryland.


Entomology - the Study of Bugs ...
Swarming Ants and Termites are Similar -
But Distinguishable ...

Termites have Two-Part Bodies - Head and Thorax -
Ants are Three-Part - Head, Thorax, and Abdomen.
Both have Two Sets of Wings - Termites - All Four Equal.
Ants - Two Large - Two Small.


Termites - Straight Antennae -
Ants Antennae are Elbowed.
So Much for Teaching ...


Back to my Marching Ants -
It often occurred to me That -
Ants Actions are similar to Humans ...
‘Rush Hour’ - To and Fro’ Work!


Just Imagine - If you were a Titan ...
Gazing Down at the ‘Big Blue Marble’ -
All of our Cars Rushing on Roadways ...
Might Look Just Like My Ants!

© - TKH.

Per Discovery News:


May 2, 2012 - The human population is growing at such a staggering rate that we are organizing ourselves more like ant supercolonies, with new research finding that we have more in common now with some ants than we do with our closest living animal kingdom relatives.



 



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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/19/2012
Somewhere I read ants and termites are mortal enemies so I hope the ant invasions in my kitchen bode well. Patrick
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 5/19/2012
Funny ho ants asre supposed to be the most industrious anumals in the world yet they find time to attend every picnic
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 5/15/2012
Some times we just have too much time on our hands, and then, when we do, we count antz... Very clever poem, my friend.
Mark
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/15/2012
Shades of Thoreau on Walden Pond! Yes, in our mindless day to day activities, researchers have found that we behave very similar to ants. The ones we have to worry about around here are those nice little red fire ants–oh what a burning sensation!

Thanks for the advice about termites. We saw one the other day and I thought it was an ant–I sure do hope so.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/15/2012
Just don't let those antz get into ur pantz as then you'd be standing with a wide stanze...Jurseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 5/15/2012
Tom,
an inciteful observance and yes we would look as thge ants, but I wonder if we would look as organized.
Budd
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