Anatole the Ant

Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Anatole the Ant

Hello there, I’m Anatole the ant
Yes, an ant, just an ant
One of those annoying insects
That you so easily squash underfoot

Permit me in a humble speech
To enlighten you with some facts
We live in highly organised colonies
With a hierarchy of disciplined workers

Asian nephews produce silk on command
Leaf Cutting ants of South America
Nightly strip all leaves off trees
Africans shoulder twenty-times their own weight

We run fast, very fast indeed
Equivalent to a mere human running
Running as fast as a racehorse
What an amazing spectacle to watch!

Ant brains are largest amongst insects
Processing power as a Macintosh-II computer
“Go to the ant, you sluggard,
Consider its ways and be wise”*

We number one million to you
Before, you squash some relatives, remember
Are humans capable of these facts?
I really do not think so!

*Proverbs 6:6