Summertime and Seven Revisions by Ricky Garni

Summertime

Two little ants climbed out of the bread grilling in the pan. Of course they were little:
they were ants. But where did they want to go? Somewhere where an ant could find
slices of bread that were equally tasty but refreshingly cool instead.

Summertime ii

Two little ants climbed out of the bread grilling in the pan. Of course they were little:
they were ants. But where did they want to go? Somewhere where an ant could find
slices of bread that were equally tasty but refreshingly cool instead and also weren’t
haunted by Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Summertime iii

Two little ants climbed out of the bread grilling in the pan. Of course they were little:
they were ants. But where did they want to go? Somewhere where an ant could find
slices of bread that were equally tasty but refreshingly cool instead and were not filled
with weaker ants who could not escape their horrible fate.

Summertime iv

Two little ants climbed out of the bread grilling in the pan. Of course they were little:
they were ants. And yet, as a habitué of science fiction movies circa 1953-1957, I can say
that I have seen much larger ants. Much, much larger ants.

Summertime v

Two little ants climbed out of the bread grilling in the pan. Or is it frying? Or is it searing?
Well, of course it is grilling, like ants do under a magnifying ants held by cruel children.
Come to think of it, it’s almost always boy children.

Summertime vi
Two little ants climbed out of my mind and into the bread grilling in the pan and
if they stay there oh please let me never have these terrible thoughts ever again.

Summertime vii

Two little ants climbed out of the bread grilling in the pan as though the bread
was Mt. Everest and as though the pan was the Sahara Desert. But where did
they want to go? I imagine somewhere in between: Idaho.

Summertime viii

Two little ants fell in love. I saw it on TV. Over them stepped Marilyn Monroe.

 

 

 

 

 

Ricky Garni was born and raised in Miami and Maine. He works as a graphic designer by day, and writes music by night. His work is widely available in print, on the Web and in a number of anthologies, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize on six occasions. His latest publication, COO, is a 6 poem Bonbon available through BITTERZOET at http://www.bitterzoetmag.com/#!bonbons/co5r

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