Monday, June 13, 2016
I tagged the little ant as he scurried around on my car. I was parked in a city lot.
I realized I had carried the ant far from home. Instinctively I brushed him to the
asphalt vaguely thinking it would be safer. As he danced about I began to imagine
what he might be up to. A re-orientation of sorts? I imposed an idea of destination,
wondering if the ant's idea of home included a non-local sensibility. What we did share
was an almost incomprehensible sense of each other. But out of this musing emerged
another: that the ant's situation is mine as well. The Great Movement is afoot everywhere.
The bigger vehicle carrying me is vast and essentially unknowable. Yet I dance, adjust
the dials, ever attenuating a desire to go home. Later, in my driveway, I daydreamed about
a tiny technology that would allow me to monitor the ant's movements. Would he adapt, resettle, carry a bodily habit that informed his journey? Or would a mysterious directive carry him toward home. I stood there looking east toward downtown.