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Julie Hart

Watching Ants



A roiling pile of caviar

on the sidewalk.


Knowing there is no why.


Humans can impute

a reason to any phenomenon


they care to slice out of the whole

wide panoply of things that happen.


This does not mean the reason

they choose has any validity,

any meaning at all.


Your theory is as useless as mine.


They are airing out the nest.

They are engaged in a massive

meet-and-greet on company time.


Who knows?

And the ants can’t tell us.

Ant fire drill? Please.


Similar theories could be

raised about why you’re still


unhappy, your body uninhabitable

despite recent renovations.


The way no matter how many

of your demands are met,

you keep raising the ante.

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