Ants, poem by Joanie Mackowski


The picture caught my eye, the poem captivated and entertained.

Silver Birch Press

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ANTS
by Joanie Mackowski

Two wandering across the porcelain
Siberia, one alone on the window sill,

four across the ceiling’s senseless field
of pale yellow, one negotiating folds

in a towel: tiny, bronze-colored, antennae
‘strongly elbowed,’ crawling over Antony

and Cleopatra, face down, unsurprised,
one dead in the mountainous bar of soap.

Sub-family Formicinae (a single
segment behind the thorax), the sickle

moons of their abdomens, one trapped in bubbles
(I soak in the tub); with no clear purpose

they come in by the baseboard, do not bite,
crush bloodless beneath a finger. Peterson’s

calls them ‘social creatures,’ yet what grim
society: identical pilgrims,

seed-like, brittle, pausing on the path
only three seconds to touch another’s

face, some hoisting the papery carcasses
of their dead in their jaws, which open and close

like the clasp of a necklace. ‘Mating occurs
in flight’— what better way? Weightless, reckless

rapture: the…

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4 thoughts on “Ants, poem by Joanie Mackowski

  1. Marilyn Armstrong February 8, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    Tell me they aren’t as big as they look! Please!

    • fictionfitz February 8, 2014 / 2:08 pm

      I don’t know, but I am with you. Not moving any closer.

  2. Carole Webber February 8, 2014 / 2:52 pm

    This made me itchy.
    Creepy.

    • fictionfitz February 8, 2014 / 3:48 pm

      I thought you would have a few in your house, your porch?

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