Friday, March 10, 2017

Ant’s Hut--By Aju Mukhopadhyay--India

Ant’s Hut

The mother weaver ant stands silently
in its hut-
the queen is rubbing its chin
with its antennae;
thoughtless for the moment.
Two of its scions are resting
folding their hind legs
stretching their fore legs
drawing their heads inside.
Leafy walls on all sides
leafy roof, leafy floor
look like mud-floored hut,
a lull in the noon, peaceful.
Daughters seek direction, even in rest;
forever workers.
The queen ant sniffs, releases pheromone-
for the next move
they wait.

Aju Mukhopadhyay, a bilingual award winning poet, author and critic, writes fictions and essays too. He has authored 32 books and received several poetry awards from India and USA besides other honours. Recently he has received Albert Camus Centenary Writing Award, 2013 from Canada / Cyprus. He is a regular contributor to various magazines and e-zines in India and abroad. He is in the editorial and advisory board of some important literary journals. His poems and short stories have been widely anthologised and translated.


  1. Very good post Aju. "Ant’s Hut" shows me you know a lot
    about ants. Reading is giving me and education. Very
    detailed writing on the ways of Ants and their housing.
    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  2. Dear Aju,
    Enjoyed the way you enhance your work through the inclusion of interesting details.
    Thank you,

  3. Dear Vancy and Michael,
    Hearty thanks for your appreciation as it has touched you.

  4. Keep your exemplified writing coming, Aju

  5. My poetry on Nature and Environment is coming out shortly- wish to share some if you request - it includes all my poetry of that category-

    1. Thanks Aju, I do request, do write about what
      you Know.