poetry by j matthew waters

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the rise and fall of immigrant ants

after days of all night rains
black ants finally infiltrated the kitchen
weeks of planning coming to fruition
once the perfect storms rolled in
their triumphant march
short-lived in and around canisters
filled with flour and sugar
and assortment of teas
their massacre eventually swift
long to be remembered by those
repulsed of their presence
having neither program nor policy
on how to deal with their sudden arrival
and disturbing disappearance

june two thousand eighteen
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queen for another day

inside the ant farm fat-bottomed
shoppers coast on motorized carts
clogging the produce section and
regurgitating freshly stocked veggies

an accident in bakery sends signals
to emergency crews who remove
themselves from feeding the powerless
to harvesting the tiniest of crumbs

cleanup on aisle nine sends her majesty
screaming to her many abigails who
busily stitch her tattered wings
in hopes of swarming another day

december two thousand thirteen
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moving up through the ranks

wounded ant repairs himself
sends himself back into the fray
where he nary has time for loose chit-chat
nor counterproductive influences

there is no home sweet home
just a constant moving forward
last twenty-four hours exposing a dying light
in an ever-changing horizon

punching holes through earth
and wood often lead to nowhere
but when consumed by a billion megabytes
may uncover lasting paradise

december two thousand thirteen
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all rights reserved

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