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(not) about ants

19 Apr 2023


there are ants in my bed

little black bodies

easier to spot with movement

i search for them before i climb in

but still i climb in

to be cozy and vigilant

is something i have convinced myself can be done

yet the start of one is the rupture of the other

i've known this

sometimes there are many, and sometimes there are few

that they are here at all

means in my mind they are everywhere

my scalp feels their phantoms most

yet somehow i am convinced that ants are not that bad

on some days they do not even appear

and most days, not in my bed

though they crawl out from the floorboards

to sully the place i lay my head to rest, i am thankful

i welcome the hunt

for i'd rather have ants

than silverfish


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