A Lil’ Advice


Ants’ subtle message:

Do all that daily work,

those repetitive tasks,

purposefully, determinedly,

and remember something

important: take a lil’ heart

with you all the while.

(See center of this ant hill.)

One comment

  1. Jan,

    Again you show us a poet’s eye and a poet’s heart.

    I can just imagine the surge you felt when you came upon this ant hill.
    It is an artist’s find. The poem takes me to many happy memories.
    Do you remember Groriter’s poem about the two horses (a sea horse
    and a saw horse)? It was not really similar to this poem at all, but the inspiration
    was. He was in the pet section of a department store when he spied a tank of
    sea horses. He knelt on the floor in front of the tank, pulled a note pad and pencil
    from his pocket and proceeded to write the poem. A woman went to customer service
    and reported that some man was blocking the aquariums. She was quite upset and
    in turn upset the manager of the store who went back to the pet section with cell phone
    in hand, with the intent of calling 911 to have ‘a crazy person’ removed from the store.
    As he came closer and realized it was Gro, he laughed and chatted with him and told
    the lady everything was okay. He asked her if she would do some shopping & check back
    at the aquarium later. I’m thinking he felt the same surge with the horses as you felt with
    the ants. It is a beautiful example of how the creative create. In addition to that, I am
    reminded of Frank Sinatra’s “High Hopes”.

    “Just what makes that little old ant
    Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant
    Anyone knows an ant, can’t
    Move a rubber tree plant

    But he’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes
    He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

    So any time you’re gettin’ low
    ‘stead of lettin’ go
    Just remember that ant
    Oops there goes another rubber tree plant

    When troubles call, and your back’s to the wall
    There a lot to be learned, that wall could fall …”

    BTW,. I forgot to mention I love the photo and the poem and the wonderful places they take me.

    Thank you,



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