With undisclosed sources of funding, our project was going quite well. The objective was to develop a secret society of super-ants which would combat terrorism, cause humans to hide underground like sand dogs. Within a large container supplied with piped in air, we grew several colonies of mutated ants. We observed and noted their daily behaviors. They built cities and highways, erected small pyramid-shaped monuments. Over a period of time, many grew bigger, stronger, could even stand upright. According to Heiseman, Fletcher, et. al., a scenario was outlined.
The ants rose from their cities, climbed along the walls of the glass and ate their way through the black rubber tops, which they must have mistaken for a betrayal of sky. Several must have hid in the back rooms of the lab and it was theorized that one of these killed the night watchman and escaped. The night it happened to me, I was in a sound sleep. Perhaps it located my whereabouts by gamma-Ga radiation.
I heard the clomping, something climbing up the steps, a slow, heavy rhythm, the sound, I imagine a serial killer makes to let his victim know what is in store. I awoke to the giant ant, pinning my arms to the bed with its virulent pincers. This mutated ant, I remembered, was one of my most fascinating subjects and we spent hours studying each other from either side of the glass receptacle. Staring into my face with its gleaming marble eyes and in a low, clear voice resembling my own, it now asked, Who is your god?
i said wing dings, junior,
& no bugs in my bugles
a flush in the hand you are holding still enough to compensate for the death that waits due north of this death
taking the chance the thrill the not knowing the him the her the me or any of this dank matter held together by the weak forces that will inevitably cause our decay
waiting to be picked up
by the blockchain
anyway take my trade tiny cop imposter and mute the bond yet smelted warm to the slob touch of a grasshopper
grooming the coats
chanting a mantra
we are mostly
of wind and words
a cool breeze
turns the page
… and if he just created an artificial intelligence that was able to create an artificial intelligence
below all the snow
an old dream
my balloon is free
I let it go
the air between us
Grass springs from cracks. Leaves scrape on stones. Wire creeps up a wall. A child holds out her hand.
welcome or farewell heart’s shadow
(inspired by Graffiti claimed by Banksy South Bank London – photo Kathy deWitt