Poem by Terrence Moore

“Walking” Photo by Steve Karbelnig, All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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faint lines traverse the hiking trail
perpendicular to the path
they appear unevenly
straight and narrow
indistinct and soft and lighter than surrounding earth
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unobservant gods in higher realms
don’t notice or stoop to see
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a nature searcher
used to watching for birds and animals in the bush
and insects on the trodden track
blinks in disbelief

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Is this phenomenon real
or am I just imagining?
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Did some hiker
drag a small-fingered branch across the footpath
at irregular intervals?
For what purpose?
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bending down
the seeker sees tiny ants
not as big even as the small black colonizers
occasionally on the counter at home
and not as many as those roiling around
a small morsel
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these few move in fixed path to and fro
following pheromones
making their intention to get across
their existence
visible but barely so
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Is it water from the stream on the right or
better seeds on the left?
Why so many different roads?
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Why not take the highway laid out by other ants four feet further?
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And how many ants does it take to change the color of the trail
if only one shade lighter than the rest of the dirt?
Do they kick up miniscule dust
that settles on the grains of sand and makes marks?
And how long do they have to do it to make the line visible?
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What hardly noticeable evidence do we leave
on our community journeys?
With lines of poetry?
What marks, however faint—
what kicked up particles of dust—
enough stuff to startle a keen observer
who might seek an explanation
ask a question
while the rest of the universe
much further away and higher up
passes by without noticing?

tmoore revised 6/29/17

“Faint Lines” Photo by Terrence Moore, All Rights Reserved.
“Trails” Photo by Steve Karbelnig, All Rights Reserved
“Labyrinth”  Photo by Steve Karbelnig,  All Rights Reserved

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