Sarah Browning
Ant societies have division of labor, communication between individuals, and an ability to solve complex problems
 
 
A mass of ants on the sidewalk
in the afternoon’s concrete heat.
 
We stare at supper on the table, dishes in the sink.
 
The cardinal calls in the yard.
Neighbors laugh in the street.
 
I haven’t been talking.
I keep thinking of those ants,
swarmed in one corner, feeding.
 
Today, the spring is heavy – red
swamp grass going to rot.
 
Today I watch the years ahead,
the strange swamp lilies,
 
supper stuck between us on the table,
how we must always eat.