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For the Ants

by Devon E Mattys

Brothers, gather your fallen!
And then, I entreat you, retreat.
Return to your homes and dare not venture forth,
For there is a beast among us,
Beware as lashing tongues
Foam at your feet
And boiling poisons fill your homes.
Seek refuge where monsters
Can never hide themselves,
And that alone can be your rest.
Take pleasure in knowning I am your advocate,
But advocate as I may be,
Find no security or safety or comfort in me;
For I can believe, but I cannot protect.
You, with the stripes across your shiny back,
Bulbous and firm,
Why do you seem so confused?
So different from the rest are you--
Slow, deliberate,
Making sure you do not drown
(But without knowing what is liquid)--
You shall be my special brother,
One that I will protect, come what may,
For you encapsulate the beauty
Of all that can be loved.


Posted on 10/02/2001
Copyright © 2021 Devon E Mattys

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