Saturday, March 12, 2011


A reader sent me this and I share it with you:

Sugar Ants

Nuisance armies swarm inside the walls
of my spick-and-span two-story home.
Millions of ants strut in straight columns —
coming out from behind kitchen cupboards,
through cracks on the second shelf,
and into the opened box of Ritz crackers
stored behind my cherished English teapot.

They march toward the backdrop,
lost in flowered chintz curtains,
navigate along red tile counters,
invading from nest sites
hidden deep in walls, ceiling, attic.

On hunt for sugar or protein
their antennae attuned
to what makes me crazy
forces me to shriek and squawk
as I bait and spray.

Following invisible pathways
I swab the black line
with wet paper towels,
spray with Windex,
hoping to make inroads
on this ongoing strife.

Sharon Lask Munson

1 comment:

  1. LOL
    We battled so many different kinds of ants during our year in Uganda. Went through many, many, many cans of Doom! until I came to the realization that it was a losing battle. After that I only got up to spray when there were SWARMS of them.