A is for the Ant – The designer of beautiful hills

 

 

A is for the Ant – The designer of beautiful hills

 

A is for the ant so tiny and small,
always on the move, never stopping for a second,
to look around and gape,
at the scenery all around.

Tell me oh little one,
where do you find the energy,
to be so hardworking and industrious?
Don’t you ever want to take a rest?

Your society is so organized,
your lot is united in everything you do,
I drop the tiniest grains of sugar on the floor,
and you immediately gather to carry it to your anthill.

Your ant hills are an engineering marvel,
with so many little cabins for your lot,
we have to learn the art of building designer hills,
from your marvellous engineering skills.

You come in so many shapes and sizes.
Some of you are small while some of you are big.
Some of you are black while some of you are red.
Some of you bite while others don’t.

When two of you meet,
you pause for the briefest of time.
In this tiny span of a moment,
I wonder what secrets you exchange.

You are tiny but you are also extremely strong.
You have the ability to carry,
grains that are several times your weight,
over distances that are big and small.

Oh, my little marvel of nature,
you truly leave me in awe,
of the marvellous mechanism of evolution,
that created something as wondrous as you.

32 Thoughts to “A is for the Ant – The designer of beautiful hills”

  1. Wonderful! You have captured all aspects of Ant behaviour as we humans observe it! A great combination of poetry and Nature!!

    1. Jai

      Thanks Archana for visìting. Ants always fascinated me.

  2. Hey Jai.
    I really enjoyed your ode to an ant. My favourite bit is
    “……In this tiny span of a moment,
    I wonder what secrets you exchange.”
    Such a lovely way to pay attention to this little marvel.
    Visiting from the A to Z Challenge.

    1. Jai

      Yes, ants just pause for the briefest of moments and they are on their way.

  3. Sinjana Ghosh

    So sweet. The anthills truly amaze me. Sometimes they are so big and artistic I mistake them for a hidden animal in the forests of Western Ghats.

    1. Jai

      Anthills are indeed a marvellously designed. It is indeed a wonder how so tiny a creature like an ant can design a hill.

  4. Suchita Agarwal

    Reminded me of a passage I had read in the book The Once and Future King where Merlin turns Wart into an ant. Loved how you have captured their mystery.

    1. Jai

      Thanks for visiting Suchita. Glad you liked the poem.

  5. NIce Poem..seem like you did a research on ant behaviour.. A very good one!

    1. Jai

      Thanks for visiting Jose

  6. Noor Anand Chawla

    A nice ode to nature’s tiny creatures!

  7. Ant the tiniest but the mightiest!
    I love to watch ants marching past, for hours together. I also love it when two meet, for a fraction of second, exchange communication and the march on!
    You have summed up the ant world so well, Jai

    1. Jai

      Thank you so much Anagha. Glad you liked the poem.

  8. They are an industrious lot and you have captured it so well

    1. Jai

      Thanks for visiting Namratha

  9. They really are engineering marvels. Fun poem. Weekends In Maine

    1. Jai

      Thanksfor visiting Karen and glad you enjoyed the poem.

  10. The tiniest creatures can convey so many lessons, very well described in the poem. The picture is lovely too 🙂

    1. Jai

      Thanks for visiting. Glad you liked the poem.

  11. Nicely written… I also wonder what secrets they share when the ants pause to face each other…. All the best for the A2Z challenge

    1. Jai

      Thanks for visiting. Gladyou enjoyed the poem.

  12. Loved your writing. It was different and pleasing. Awaiting more posts in the days to come

    1. Jai

      Thanks for visiting. Glad ýou eñjoyed the poem

  13. Such a nice tribute to a fascinating little creature.
    Black and White (Words and Pictures)

    1. Jai

      Thanks for visiting. Glad ýou eñjoyed the poem

  14. This is amazing. I just love the picture that you have shared with this post as well. It gives us a nice visual to a very well written poem. Good Job and good luck on the challenege!!

    1. Jai

      Thanks for visiting. Glad ýou enjoyed the poem

  15. Beautiful jai ji wow beautiful way of writing so good to read . Great writing.

    1. Jai

      Thanks Sivaranjini. Glad you liked the poem.

  16. Great poem! Ants are fascinating creatures, for sure. I enjoyed watching the leaf-cutter ants at an aquarium I visited last year. They are extraordinary.

    1. Jai

      Thanks for visiting. Yes leàf cutter ants leave me àwestruck too.

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