Marching Soldiers


Today when I had started writing a children’s story on ants, I was reminded of this poem that I wrote in 2016. Dear readers, it is always good to have a dose of rhyming poetry before the prose😊

Every day we go in search of dear food
chains of us in queue till we get shooed
crane at our folks going the other way
we always are a army having our say.

Descending in numbers at any place
no stampede as we increase our pace
no one knowing from where we came
wonder it seems we all look the same.

We change our course to get to our food
though near it seems, it has to be good
none bothers as we take it to our stay
we act sober and collective on our way.

Wary of wind or a stream of cold water
pranks of a kid as we try climb a platter
flanks of us leaving behind our dead
there are things in life we seldom dread.

Every time you see us marching along
like a silent long forgotten folk song
Well knit as one doing our own tasks
all the while storing food for wasps.

As you stumble upon our brittle house
refrain please to drench us and douse
slain and lifeless we lie by your clout
We had homes till you wiped us out.

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18 thoughts on “Marching Soldiers

  1. Reminded me of the poem I studied in school, the ant and the cricket.. where the zealous ant worked hard to store food for winter, while the cricket played along and remained hungry, knocking at the ant’s door cold and hungry! and also of course, the food chain diagrams 🙂

  2. The conclusion is such sad truth. Your poem is so interesting and telling their story so well. I love the lines –

    no stampede as we increase our pace
    no one knowing from where we came
    wonder it seems we all look the same.

    and

    we act sober and collective on our way.

  3. A wonderful poem Sunith. I remember my aaji (granny) used to say we must not hurt earth while walking and must always see before we put our feet on ground. At least not to hurt a single creature.

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