Poem: Ants by Ravi Shankar

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Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar. 1975. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


A few days ago when I saw that the Academy of American Poets chose this Ravi Shankar poem for their “Poem-A-Day”,  I nearly fell off my chair, because I wrote a story about ants for the wedding last weekend. Synchronicity about ants?

by Ravi Shankar

One is never alone. Saltwater taffy colored
beach blanket spread on a dirt outcropping
pocked with movement. Pell-mell tunneling,

black specks the specter of beard hairs swarm,
disappear, emerge, twitch, reverse course
to forage along my shin, painting pathways

with invisible pheromones that others take
up in ceaseless streams. Ordered disarray,
wingless expansionists form a colony mind,

no sense of self outside the nest, expending
summer to prepare for winter, droning on
through midday heat. I watch, repose, alone.


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3 Responses to Poem: Ants by Ravi Shankar

  1. boris says:

    A beautiful poem, so visual and alive – his words rack focus and make ants huge and small at once.

  2. Heather says:

    Hi Rosie
    I’d love to ready YOUR story about ants! Can you put it on the blog??

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