Friday, July 27, 2018

Ants! (Based on a True Story) - an insect poem/an ugh poem

Ants! (Based on a True Story)
Greg Pincus

They're coming in through gaps and cracks,
Through windows and through doors:
The ants aren't coming one by one
They're marching in by scores!
I fight them on the stove top
And when we've finished brawling,
I take a breath and then...oh no!
The kitchen counter's crawling.
I wipe and crush and swipe and spray.
I kill and shed no tears.
I cannot show them weakness.
They cannot know my fears.
I celebrate each surface cleared,
But there's no time to linger.
I cannot take a moment off and...
Ack!! One's on my finger!!!
I want to send a message,
Hear this come from their lips:
"Don't go inside, my ant-mates
For it's pure antpocalypse."
I try to love the whole wide world,
But sometimes... I just can't.
So here, today, I say out loud
I'm firmly anti-ant.

I'm not saying this is a necessarily a poem for kids. I am saying that this day will live in ant-infamy: July 24, 2018. And yes, I emerged victorious from the quagmire....

And hey, it's Poetry Friday, so why not check out this week's roundup of poetry goodies over at Reading to the Core. (And maybe celebrate by checking out Great Morning!, too.)


Books4Learning said...

This poem is amazing! It made me feel like I was reading something from Shel Silverstein! You need to get this published.

Catherine Flynn said...

I laughed out loud through your entire poem, Greg! I especially love "it's pure antpocalypse!" We've had our own ant invasion this summer. I think the war is over, but sometimes I still find one brave, hopeful ant lurking near the sugar bowl. By the way, your link wasn't working, so I added it again. It seems to be linking up correctly now. Thanks for sharing!

Mary Lee said...

ACK! The invasion of the ants! We keep a close eye on the yard and if they start nesting/swarming too close to the house, we, too, cause ant apocalypses! (Boiling water does the trick outside. A line of borax across their march is good inside...if you don't have pets.)

Fun poem!!

April Halprin Wayland said...

It's been too long since I've visited your blog, Greg. I love your way of looking ant the world.

Sally Murphy said...

Thanks for the laugh Greg - the perfect ant-idote to a busy day.