Pilgrims trudge up and down hills,
Following parallel lanes on paths and roads,
Working against gravity on the uphill,
Staving off Earth's seductive pull on the downward.
Using a perpendicular axis to form multi-lane highways,
Ants traverse those same paths and roads,
Conserving energy by crisscrossing,
By working with rather than against Earth's inner magnet.
Ants endlessly carry building materials
From one side of the road to the other.
The transfer is one-way, in one direction only,
Returning empty-handed, once again, toward the source.
Surely supplies are available on both sides of the road,
Yet instinct mandates a specific pattern of collective procedure.
In addition to a specific goal, is their work, like pilgrims,'
In the doing, in the process, in the persistence?
Ants and pilgrims employ similar mechanisms:
Step by step by step in thoughtless or thoughtful repetition.
Whether from instinct or considered discernment,
Meaning entails a spark followed by decisive, iterative action.
Ann Beth Blake
(c) July 20, 2013