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Competing Ants MAG

January 10, 2010
By wombatz-rule GOLD, Montrose, Minnesota
wombatz-rule GOLD, Montrose, Minnesota
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You're an outdated TV
The ones with complicated knobs
And buttons
Such a small screen to look at,
Such a small screen to attempt to see the full picture,
With static running and running
and running
across the screen
Competing ants, my father calls it
So loud I can't hear what
you're trying to say.
Do the ants spell out
methodically, just like you,
or are they racing toward something
a little bit more?
And just as I think I'll find out,
my thumb moves
– involuntarily, I swear –
turns the knob, and click.
The screen goes blank.
I numbly stand up from the
frayed tweed couch,
The one you first held me on,
and I gently walk out,
and leave the picture altogether.

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