The Life of an Ant

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I’m dark

like the shoeshine,

on the pedestal

at her feet.

My tiny legs

can’t dance

after stained carpets

and rugged hills anymore.

Because they echo in a haunting of her—

The Queen.

A worker ant

whose home

doesn’t have doors.

The Queen:

whose life I’d give mine for.

The Queen.

I wanted to grow wings and fly once

Like her

But I think I’ll grow feathers instead.