Today I watch a big black ant
wander aimlessly through crags
and valleys of the willow bark.
Energetically he goes up and down
zipping along with great agility…
Nothing much being accomplished
from my point of view.
I wonder what he is thinking
during his mindless wandering.
As I watched, a little white dot
started moving up the crags as well
No bigger than pencil point,
he starts his upward climb…
stopping at times // becoming
a white dot on the tree once more.
And then there is a tiny creature
I had not seen before…
about the size of the chunk of wax
the nurse washed out of my ear,
perfectly camouflaged to match
the tree bark.
He began his upward move
climbing along the lifted grooves
of bark and pausing to explore.
Whatever he is finding is smaller
than my eye can see.
Perhaps little microbial creatures
lodged under the bark…
The perfect meal for a bug
that looked like a Star Wars machine!
Photos: Dwight L. Roth