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There should never be too many activists

There should never be many activists,

too much salt swamps the mouth, wasabi   †  
should only tickle, the sashimi
 † †
should almost only smell the soy sauce. † †
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We have watched that one ant going left
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and right and lost, we have chalked it in,
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drawn borders around its neighborhood,
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played with where it can and cannot go, † †
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monster fingers shrink its universe
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with moisture from the warm beer bottle,
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the small thing sniffs at the restrictions,
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it obeys till it does not obey. † †
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The beer drinker tires of the ant,
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he tries to squish it with the bottom
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of the bottle with a heavy drag † †

across the pebble-tiled bar counter. † †
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The bottom of the bottle misses † †

the ant, like government that misses
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details, squinting into the darkness,
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peering far into years but not into lives. † †
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†He cannot see the plight of the small
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and hungry and he will not see that
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he allowed the ant to live and breathe
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to rear and to rally a great many. † †
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When there are too many activists,
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they will be incessant in their prayers,
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you will hear the hiss in the recesses
  
and you will taste the flavor of anger.
Alviola
Written by Alviola
Published | Edited 29th Aug 2021
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