Empire of the ants

They say from a plane

all the people look like ants,

and ants are too small to see,

but you know the ants are down-there anyway,

millions of them, and

just waiting for you to

leave on a plane trip.

***

At 3:00 a.m. I awoke in my bed

and suddenly remembered that I had left a

pie resting on the windowsill to cool.

So, I got up and went into the kitchen,

and when I opened the light,

I gasped as I saw thousands of ants

covering the pie.

***

This surprised me

because though I was aware

that I had a minor ant problem,

I didn’t think they

kept such late hours.

***

Nevertheless, as a result, now I had a major ant problem

***

My friend volunteered,

that ants hate cinnamon.

And while that is quite shocking,

I explained that I was not looking for

another reason to dislike the ants,

I just wanted them gone.

***

My friend said,

No, no, no, that is not what she meant,

but that

ants really hate cinnamon,

and if I leave some out

the ants will go away.

***

So, that evening I

made some cinnamon toast,

which I then left it out on a

plate for the ants.

***

Come morning-time,

the toast was gone

The ants ate it, anyway, I guess,

but, thanks to my friend,

at least, I have the satisfaction of knowing

they did not enjoy it.


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50 thoughts on “Empire of the ants

      • Actually, I just added the directions into the piece. I think you might have just missed it (though I left out that you are supposed to mix the sugar with the cinnamon before adding it to the buttered bread, so that it is evenly distributed)

        *** Since I have omitted the directions from the piece I will post it here. Mix the sugar with cinnamon. Spread evenly on buttered bread (one side only). Toast on top rack in the oven set to broil (so only top is being toasted). Eat. Enjoy. Or, feed to ants. Thank you.

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    • I have never been anti-ant, i mean, they did bring the grasshopper in from the cold and feed him and all for the price of some fiddle playing. Assuming that story is not apocryphal, anyway

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    • I agree with this. I don’t really hate the ants. They are only doing as they were instructed to do. And while I will not bend a knee to their queen, I don’t mind them scavenging for the occasional crumb or whatnot, just DO NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE of my good-will, what.

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  1. The cinnamon thing is an urban myth? I could have sworn I sprinkled some in the way of an ant marching area and they didn’t cross it….
    but maybe I only convinced myself that happened!! 🙂

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    • I don’t know about that, as an experiment, I left out two different types of cheese for the ants, and they definitely seemed to prefer the gruyère over the jack. Granted they ate both, but the ones that ate the gruyère seemed a little more self-satisfied about it.

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