NaPoWriMo : Day 24 – Ekphrasis – Ant Art

National Poetry Writing Challenge Day 24 to write a poem of ekphrasis- that is a poem inspired by a work of art. Today’s challenge is to write a poem on a very particular kind of art – the marginalia of medieval manuscripts.

My poem for today is based on the below 13th Century English Miscellany art on Ants.


There, on the wall, a piece of art,

From all the others, stands apart,

A story it tells, volumes it speaks; without saying a word,

A lesson it teaches for all who see, a lesson that cannot be heard, 


“Ants!”, you say, “Those creatures that barely exist!”,

“Pray, tell us how they could teach us; give us a gist”,

So, my story I begin, of these beings, trivial and small,

Painted and framed; now adorn the museum wall,


These ants, that you see, the ordinary ants,

The ones you find in the soil or close to plants,

In their mouth, they carry some food,

Or to build a home, some piece of  wood,


Silently, slowly and steadily, they carry their load,

Undeterred by bumps and pot-holes on the road,

Climbing every mountain on their way,

From the goal, they do not sway,


Cooperation and teamwork, they display,

Focus and hard-work, they portray, 

And you thought, “An insignificant, inconsequential piece of art!”,

A lesson for life, priceless and incomparable , it doth impart.





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5 responses to “NaPoWriMo : Day 24 – Ekphrasis – Ant Art”

  1. viewsofpreethib Avatar

    Wow Smitha, beautiful write ❤

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Hey Thanks Preethi 🙂 You keep to your word don’t you and read every post before hitting the bed 🙂

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      1. viewsofpreethib Avatar

        Your welcome Smitha 🙂 Yup, as usual was keenly waiting for your post. 🙂

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          I am glad I did not keep you waiting too long today😊. Honestly, I am waiting for the 30th

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          1. viewsofpreethib Avatar

            Hahahaha 😀 Honestly me too waiting for 30th. But sometimes i feel, how did the days pass by so fast :O Also feels so good that I got so far when at times I really wanted to quit.


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