“…the ants switched tasks. They switched in some directions but not in others. The general pattern is a flow of workers into foraging from all other tasks. The flow seems to originate with the nest maintenance workers, and once an ant leaves nest maintenance work, it will not go back.” – Deborah Gordon, Ants At Work, p. 126.
I have graduated
from feeding the pupae and the antlings
repairing and tidying
thoroughfares and tunnels
to the outside
(thank God I’m not a captive queen)
where I mount patrol
make rounds of Facebook, email, Twitter,
monitor technology and trends
forage freelance information
broadcast on the billboard of my blog.
But such a promotion
does not mean I get to skip
doing the domestic chores
in my egalitarian colony.
© 2014 by Violet Nesdoly
Interesting creatures, ants! Smart too. Who would guess they have a work hierarchy. Actually, I enjoy tending to the domestic chores of my little colony. Especially when there are antlings around!
This poem is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe.