just keep going
you may not want us around
but we just do what we need to do to sustain our colony.
|My ant colony
we incorporate it into our design
You leave food out for us?
We take it
We are constantly exploring,
climbing on things, persons, you
looking, fielding things to incorporate into our design
what is useful? This twig, that leaf
That bread crumb, and sticky spot of jam
that dropped on the floor.
We see everything as a resource to be used.
We call upon our brothers and sisters to help harvest
its sweet essence for gelling together what needs sticky
We know you have a distaste for how we take over your
kitchens, your patios, and that spot in your yard.
When will you understand life is messy.
We are constantly in each others stuff.
There are no boundaries
Why do you wish life between us was cleaner, clearer,
Do you not know the paths we make with our colony
aerate your yard, help the irrigation of the earth?
We have work to do.
You can try to silence us.
We are prolific and industrious and focused on the task ahead of us.
We know our role and do it.
(c) 2016 Points Of Light Music
This writing and multimedia piece were part of a "Council of All Beings" activity where folks are asked to invite a being to be represented by them and then create a mask and monologue. I couldn't shake the ant colony. When reading the piece imagine walking with the paper plate colony in hand shaking and walking in quick short bursts here and then there and over there, then there, as ants do. This was embraced by much laughter from the other participants.