Treasure Island

sathya narayana

(12-06-1958 / Nellore, Andhra Pradesh)

ANT'S QUEUE


ANTS’ QUEUE

A demon garbed as human
Raped a lame and naive woman
The earth didn’t crack

Maimed was a common man
When for justice he raised slogans
Heavens didn’t go down

Goes on the long ant’s queue
Even when one ant is trampled
Under savage hooves

No stopping; no looking back
No nerve to swerve; to rebel
They yearn to live; to survive
As long as they can with no strife
No airs about their ancestors
Who together slew a vile serpent

Care not of what they can attain
United when they retaliate
Plead they, with dour candour
“Ants cannot fight wild beasts”

Goes on the long ant’s queue

Submitted: Thursday, October 16, 2008
Edited: Sunday, November 07, 2010

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  • Kesav Easwaran (11/4/2009 7:56:00 PM)

    This is written very beautifully...you have a theme in your mind...you tell that in your last lines...the 'ant' comparison you bring into is really striking...intelligent write...neat diction...10 (Report) Reply

  • John Weber (10/28/2008 1:10:00 PM)

    This strikes me as a very spiritual work. On a personal level, I enjoyed it immensely! If I chose to change anything, it would be one word. The line, 'Heavens didn’t go down' would perhaps work better as 'Heavens didn't fall down' or perhaps, 'Heavens didn't collapse'. There's a bit of a double entendre to the phrase 'go down' that seems prevalent in English society, a subtle connotation that may be misconstrued. Minor nit-picking, of course...

    Again, I can't rave enough about the theme of this one, the need to step out of line and fight the injustices we see every day. Even though an ant is small, he can still lift ten times his weight and is so small he can infiltrate where large beasts cannot. Yet the struggle is universal; good men try to live in harmony, evil men strive to build a network of control meant to dehumanize.

    All in all, a valid analogy! I found it profound with dissatisfaction at the ant's complicity to the boot that grinds. (Report) Reply

  • Blue Eyes (10/28/2008 10:59:00 AM)

    i loved the personification and the use of figures of speech in ur poem. (Report) Reply

  • Ashraful Musaddeq (10/27/2008 2:06:00 AM)

    An 'ant cannot fight wild beasts”.
    But it can carry load beyond it's body-weight.

    It is a nice poem. Love it.
    10+ (Report) Reply

  • Seema Chowdhury (10/25/2008 11:18:00 PM)

    No stopping no looking back..... yes that must be the notto of our lives and with courage and hope we can survive in this world of today....... (Report) Reply

  • Ivor Hogg (10/25/2008 6:02:00 PM)

    You well present your argument
    although you couch it in free form
    you recognise he precedent
    become established as the norm
    the rich will take more than their share
    and thus the poor man goes without.
    If you expect life to be fair
    You are a fool I have no doubt.
    Injustice is the poor mans lot.
    Because the rich men make the laws
    They must protect what they have got
    Which is thought that gives me cause.
    to think perhaps the ants know more
    than men will give them credit for
    They do not exploit their own kind
    as do the tyrants of mankind (Report) Reply

  • Rajaram Ramachandran (10/24/2008 7:10:00 PM)

    Ants have more discipline in their tribe than human beings. There are workers and queen in every group. They march like soldiers and fight when occasion calls for fighting. You have given a rich tribute to these ants. (Report) Reply

  • Rani Turton (10/23/2008 3:48:00 PM)

    If only the mighty human could learn from the insignifiant ant. A very original poem, thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray (10/20/2008 6:55:00 AM)

    This is UNIQUE sathya narayanji.
    This is just not a poem.
    This is the realisation
    of the time we are travelling.........
    .......................................lenthenning the queue
    WE ANTS.
    < beyond marks yet I am compelled to mark 10 > (Report) Reply

  • Linda Moore (10/19/2008 8:32:00 PM)

    They yearn to live, to survive
    As long as they can without strife.....injustice and apathy....fear....10
    Very well done (Applause) (Report) Reply

  • Mamta Agarwal (10/19/2008 11:31:00 AM)

    you have drawn a pathetic picture of lack of compassion in our society- the truth. we have become desensetised. some lines are really thought provoking. well penned. Ants, diligent, ignored- good philosophical insight.10 (Report) Reply

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