Sunday Haiku Quintuplet on Ants


bubble-eyed insect
four-part body on six feet
ant morphology 

obsidian specks
scurry to scavenge stale crumbs
ubiquitous ants

women hunt and march
leaving men to breed and die
no choice for the ant

fire mounds and pincers
soldiers swarm to burn, bite, steal
invasion of ants

assignment from birth
leafcutter, weaver, army
purpose-driven ants

Mark Moffett was recently featured on NPR and CBS Sunday morning.  He is an entomologist, biologist, photographer and ant-enthusiast and wrote Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions.  I don’t like ants, but I was fascinated by his stories of these tiny creatures.  These stories inform and sometimes scare me, but most of all, have taught me to respect the ant.