The Ant, Tired of Being Stepped on, Decides to Speak Up.



I’d never before been

An ant

Under a shoe

That is

Until

I met you.


The way you trod carelessly

Around me

Not caring that I may be

Squeezed

Beneath your shoes.


But I Survived

Though not by chance

Because you should know this

About ants.


We are strong

Exceedingly strong.

Stronger even than you.


We can lift ourselves

Twenty times

But you

You can only lift a spoon

To your greedy lips

As you get fat on

Self-importance

And illusions

And delusions

Of grandeur.


So when all is said and done

I know what I am

I am just an ant

But, what are you?





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PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is an author with Sweatshoppe Publications, which will soon re-release his poetry collection, Digging to China. Additionally, the managing editor at eFiction horror and The New Bridge online newspaper.. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. writer.poet.baseball fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much, Audrey. I appreciate the kind words!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Still a great piece Justin!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you, Cyndi


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Oh, this is so good! Glad you came out the better.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Poet, thank you. I don't want to toot my own horn, but that is my strength as a writer, probably aided by the fact that i don't like to read long poems. Thanks for stopping by and reading! I appreciate your compliment!


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Hooray for the little guy! This was adorable but containing a good message to boot. You sure do get a lot done with very few words.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Interior design and construction? This seems oddly juxtaposed!


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LVidoni5 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I've just been working for my dad's construction company and going to school part time for interior design. Things are going good. Thanks for asking.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Audrey, thank you. It's always nice to see you!

Till and Jinny, you hit the nail right on the head. That kind of attitude/behaviour was the inspiration behind this poem. There's a lot of people like that, which really puts me out.

echoe, thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your comment


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echoe0021 4 years ago from Conway, AR

Fantastic


JinnyMarte 4 years ago

Ah...So clever! Like the way you made emphasis on the underestimated strength that makes the "ant" such a clever creature. While others just criticize and belittle. Makes me think of Matthew 7. It seems to be usual for some people to overlook the underdog and perhaps many don't even sense their capacities on the rise. Pointing out flaws like they are perfect. I really liked this! Awesome work Justin...


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Interesting perspective and of course the ant is right, we think we are just...As I read the last lines I thought of small children arguing, "I know you are but what am I?" That is the question, what am I? Voted up.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I loved that this was from the ant's perspective--and important message as well! Well done!!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

brian, it's always nice to see you. Thanks for the congrats and the coompliments. I live in hillsboro now so it's possible we could run into each other. what are you up too?

Veronica, I'm glad you enjoyed this and I appreciate you reading through all my hubs. It make sit worth my time to take the time to put these hubs together when I know people actually read them!

Lyns, I've never thought of insects as intelligent, but I suppose anything is possible.

Goego, thanks for reading and commenting!


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goego 4 years ago from Loserland

I smell sweet rocks... red ones


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lyns 4 years ago from USA

Excellent so true about ants in an poetic way, very interesting, they are very intelligent insects, thanks for sharing this poem. Voted up, awesome, useful


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Another great piece. It's taking me forever to read through your hubs, but it's definitely been interesting & entertaining!

I've heard of people wanting to be a "fly on the wall", but never an ant under a shoe.

Hilarious (& I love the meaning behind it, too). Voted up!


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LVidoni5 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Haha hey Justin. I just noticed your response to me. I've been doing good, just trying to get back into the Hubs. I see you've been busy on here, I've been meaning to read more from you. I could learn a thing or two from your poetry skills. Oh and Congrats on the marriage! Maybe I'll see you around one of these days, since I flaked out everytime you had a show. Well keep up the good work!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Cab, I look forward to it. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

Rebecca, thanks for stopping by and reading. I'm glad you understood the meaning behind this poem! Now, if you knew the people this was about...


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I love this poem and t he meaning behind it. Interesting mind you have!


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cabmgmnt 4 years ago from Northfield, MA

brightened my morning by reading this...will send you an email regarding blog. Thanks.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks Brian. haven't seen u in awhile. how ya been?


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Haha...Nice Justin. I really like this one.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Debby, ants are fascinating and I always misspell the word "exorcise" :-)

Faceless, I think so too. Thank you!

Fennel, this is about some specific people and a specific situation. They would know who they were if they read this :-)

Thanks Dora

Lisa, so true. Everyone probly at some point.

Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Lisawilliamsj 5 years ago

Great poem! Unfortunately, I have met many people similar to this. Voted up!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Hey Justin ~ Did you mean "exorcise" or did your run around like an ant with some heavy weights on your back, too?


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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

Great analogy. Clear lesson. Good job. Voted UP.


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

Execellent PDX, good on you for taking a stance for the ants and the downtrodden. May we all rise above the ant stompers!!! Great poem, votes from me.


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Faceless39 5 years ago from The North Woods, USA

Everyone can relate to this! Great poem and statement. :)


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Hi Justin. Liked this A LOT! You know I wrote a humungous hub all about ants. They have a complete community and social network just like humans, including fighting wars. They have incredible properties. Hugs, Debby


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Nicki! I agree. and Thanks. It's not quite the same as your poem "Denial" but Denial could very well describe the people being talked about!


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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

I found it! and i love it!!! no one would ever think of an ant like that. and I say tis better to be an ant than whatever the person you speak of is. Speak up and be heard my little ants!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you HouseWife!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Very good! I loved this poem!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! This poem helped me excorcise some demons


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LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

Love the analogy. Voted up!


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Hear Me 5 years ago from Somewhere in Florida

Enjoyable piece.

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