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Running Like Ants

Updated on June 27, 2014

Running rushing where are we going

Thoughts untimely steadily flowing

Chores and tasks must be complete

Otherwise a demise of no food and money

is what we could meet

What are we looking for

what are our goals

to have lots of valuables

with riches untold ?

who are we really trying to impress ?

do you find happiness from being under such stress ?

what are we trying to accomplish with our lives

are we content with whom we are inside ?

did we make a significant mark

never following the dream we wanted to embark

so we continue rushing and running like ants

unhappiness and all content with where we stand



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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi torrilynn. A nice and pacey poem today. You pose many questions, no answer to any really. It's life just rolling along. Tip Top.

      Graham.

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Good and interesting one. 'We continue rushing and running like ants' in search of wealth and happiness and with no content of what we get.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      I love how you used line break to control the speed and tempo of the poem, well done. Enjoyable to the last line. Jamie

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      A very beautiful poem with an important message. Yes, we are often running like ants.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      Lovely poem and such a reminder that we can get lost in our lives. Well done!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Torrilynn, I love how this poem races also the good message, It is similar to one I wrote called "Never Dally in the Field of Vain Regret". Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There is serious truth in this poem...stop and smell those roses while we still can.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your poem puts our lives in perspective as to what is really important and what is not. Like Bill said we should definitely take time out to smell the roses...or look up at the canvas of the sky and feel the sun on our cheeks. So much is out there that is pleasurable and at no cost but our time and effort to open our eyes and just simply enjoy. Up votes and sharing!

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      Angela Joseph 3 years ago from Florida

      Torrilyn, this is a very thought-provoking, beautifully-written poem. I also like the picture you used, showing the look of anxiety on the woman's face. If only we could see ourselves like that.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I'm one of those ants; running and running and never finding a lot of time to enjoy life. Great poem!

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      There's nothing worse than finally achieving your dreams and then realizing that you're now too old to enjoy them.

      Great work!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Ah--well done! Like Jamie said--nice use of line break --fits the piece so well!

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      I think there is something good to learn from ants. They collect food and store it for rainy seasons, you know. They are conscious of future and secure their future with present hard work. So we must learn this good thing from them. Work now itself for securing a better tomorrow. But not run for huge wealth and high aspirations. Work for that much which can give you enjoyment when you can work no longer.

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      Tijani Achamlal 2 years ago from Morocco

      Very profound questions ,everyone has to ask.Voted up

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      jandee 2 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Just so nice and asks a question of importance .

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      This is so true. I feel I am rushing all the time, at work, home, errands etc. Then when I finally get to relax I fall asleep from exhaustion. It doesn't matter what part of the day it is. The more I rush to do the less energy I have and so I sleep. Life is too precious to always be rushing and Life is too Short. Rushing means we as society miss out on the beautiful things in life.

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      seanorjohn 2 years ago

      This is a poem that rings true. \\\\\\good stuff and voted up.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Exhausted reading your very true words and perhaps a reminder to stop and look around more often. Thanks for this.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sometimes people forget to take their time and to be more patient.You have shared such a n important poem.

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      Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

      This poem really illustrates how crazy we can live our lives, and for what? In the end, we die alone and bring none of the materials we work so hard for. Life is so much more about love and connection. Beautiful writing and nice temp and pace in your words.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very true. It shows how crazy we are, with no time to stop and take rest or enjoy life. We end up our life running after things and all through out stress with no time to enjoy what we have accomplished in our such strenuous runnings. Very nice depiction of reality.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Such a true picture of how most of live our lives. Rushing to and fro and missing the important events of life. Great poem.

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      livingsta 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for sharing this with us. So sad that this is how life has become for a majority of the people in this world. We need to stop and think / listen sometimes. Voted up and sharing!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      In the game of life, we really are ants. I like the way you captured life in general for many folks.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      A nice reminder to...slow down! :)

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @Sunshine625 I couldn't agree more!

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @aviannovice I believe we will always be ants. Constantly, working and surviving and not simply enjoying life for what it is.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @livingsta thanks for appreciating my poem and I couldn't agree more that we new to enjoy life instead of merely surviving.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @teaches12345 it is true we are always moving as never slowing. Thanks for reading my hub.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @Venkatachari yes we are a very crazy society of people and we should take more time to slow down

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @MinnetonkaTwin I agree that we love such a crazy life and thank you for your kind words. They are much appreciated.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @DDE thank you for reading my poem and I'm glad that you liked it.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @travmaj thanks for reading my hub and you are more than welcome.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @seanorjohn thanks for reading my hub and for voting up.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @lisavanvorst it is true we are always rushing and never slowing down.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @jandee thanks for the kind words.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @James-wolve thanks for reading my hub and for voting up.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @Venkatachari I agree with you we should work until we have enough money so that we don't have to work as much.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @AudreyHowitt thanks for your kind words.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @Mel Carriere I think that all of us are those ants constantly moving and never slowing.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @quildon thank you for your words, they are much appreciated and I always try to use pictures that relate to what I'm saying or what I want others to help perceive what I'm saying.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @WillStarr I'm glad you enjoyed my hub thanks for reading.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      I feel quite breathless reading this and realise how fast paced life is. And I can't answer why. The older I get the more hectic it seems. Great reminder to slow down and smell the roses.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Just came back for another read! Really well done!

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @travmaj it is true as we get older, it seems as if our lives become more hectic whether its due to a move, a promotion, more responsibilities. or a growing family. this is a reminder to take time for yourself and to just breathe.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @AudreyHowitt thanks for reading my work and im glad that you enjoyed it

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Interesting poem and good questions to ask oneself

      Have a bless afternoon

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Great thought and one almost everyone of us needs to give a hard thinking to. We are just caught in a senseless rut leading to nothing.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @rajan jolly thanks for your comment and positive thoughts

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @lady fiddler thanks for the commment

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      i like the concept .. an awesome read Torrilynn..:)

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      There is definitely a sense of speed in this poem! The poem also contains an important message. Many of us do need to slow down and stop rushing.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      So true and so beautifully crafted. I love the way you create a flow mirroring the rush.

      ~Kim

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Yes, why do we do it? Great poem to make us stop and think.

      Ann

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @Frank Atanacio im glad that you liked my concept and thanks for stopping by.

      @AliciaC im glad that you were able to see the important message in my hub. Blessings to you

      @ocfireflies im happy you found my hub beautiful and true

      @annart im happy that you found my poem great and thanks for stopping by

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Sometimes we are so focused on the minutiae of everyday life that the important things escape us.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Though the topic is an old one, your lines move along and finish with a thought provoking finality. "…all content with where we stand."

      That really is the the crux of the matter. Content for lack of vision…content because of blindness…content in the limitations of self…content, or so we think.

      Lots to think about in your summation!

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      sujaya venkatesh 22 months ago

      running mad truly

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