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Ants on a wire

Ants on a wire

  - Gopi Kottoor (India)


They move fast

Each a small speed train,

Alone, and

Sometimes as bogeys


On either side,

They meet, greet

Stop, kiss, and move on

Not one falling 

As they give each other


The ones setting out,

Those returning

As though they all know

One another since long,

And go their way.

They are focused,

They know why,

And where they go,

The sunlight

Turning their red

Into cinder glow.

And  with such knowledge

Of their kin and clan


Unknown to us,

It must be,


They must have a home,

Where they come together

To mourn

The loss of  those

That set out with them

And have not yet returned.