These scurrying ants
incessantly, importantly busy,
are going somewhere.

With opposable thumbs clasping
cigarette stub and coffee, I jeer
at the fast-moving queue.
« servitude! » « blind obedience! »
« petitesse! »

the ants
incessantly, importantly busy
scurry past the sneer.
mighty, their purpose shall not defeat mine
with slippered foot
I squash the line; there –

no longer incessantly, importantly busy
nor scurrying
anywhere.