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  • anvaya 16h

    Inside An Anthill

    Hey ho, Off we go
    We March ahead in line,
    We are programmed to explore the land
    And leave a trail behind.
    (Forager ants)

    Hey ho, Off we go
    We're workers marching all day,
    We exchange signs to find food to dine
    And feed our young larvae.
    (Worker ants, usually older)

    Hey ho, Off we go
    To the queen we pledge loyalty,
    Beware insects, who'd dare to infest
    Our territory!
    (Worker ants, usually older)

    Hey ho, Off we go
    Ploughing the earth's our drill
    We build the mound, the underground
    Construct our huge anthill.
    (Worker ants, usually younger)

    Hey ho, Off we go
    We serve the young and queen
    We keep them warm, away from harm,
    Stack food, clear and clean.
    (Worker ants, usually younger)

    Hey ho, Off we go
    We take to the seamless sky
    We were raised to propagate the race
    Mate with the queen and die.
    (Male ants)

    Hey ho, Off we go
    We do what we're prescribed,
    It's nature's law that we follow,
    For the glory of our tribe!
    ©anvaya



    First of all, Thanks a lot @galvanizedthoughts @zeee_zephyrs @asmita_chakraborty and @ayanaa for pushing me to write. I was having a great writersblock and it's so kind and thoughtful of you to check in on me and encourage me to resume. Thanks!��


    Also, a note to the readers: this poem ain't entirely fiction. I was researching a lot about the ant colony since and what I tried to portray above are things they actually do (varies with species)! I've elaborated the points mentioned in the poem down below, so check em out!


    Ant colonies have a complex hierarchical social structure. Ants’ jobs are determined and can be changed by age. As ants grow older their jobs move them farther from the queen, or center of the colony. Younger ants work within the nest protecting the queen and young. Sometimes, a queen is not present and is replaced by egg-laying workers. These worker ants can only lay haploid eggs producing sterile offspring. Despite the title of queen, she doesn't delegate the tasks to the worker ants; however, the ants choose their tasks based on personal preference. Ants as a colony also work as a collective "super mind". Ants can compare areas and solve complex problems by using information gained by each member of the colony to find the best nesting site or to find food. Some social-parasitic species of ants, known as the slave-making ant, raid and steal larvae from neighboring colonies.
    ~Wikipedia

    Other cool facts I found while reading
    ⭕The underground of an anthill can be 2 metres deep, that's taller than most humans!
    ⭕Male ants are haploid and are given less food and nourishment. Their sole job is reproduction. During which they usually die. If alive, the colony starves the ant as they believe it is a waste of resources to feed it since it has fulfilled it's purpose and actually leave it to die! Nature is harsh!
    ⭕Female worker ants are sterile and when young they perform jobs inside the anthill and as they grow older (and their mandible gets stronger in some cases) they go outside of the anthill to collect food.
    ⭕Forager ants make up about 10% of the colony. They are stronger and are the first to explore new areas leaving a trail behind for the worker ants to follow.

    #wnr_anv #pod #ants
    Thank you so much for your time and generous appreciation @writersnetwork Your encouragement means a lot to me.

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    Inside An Anthill

    Hey ho, Off we go
    We do what we're prescribed,
    It's nature's law that we follow,
    For the glory of our tribe
    ©anvaya

  • anvaya 3w

    Not my typical style or content. I was just being harsh here. But this is my take on #beauty so far and I just wanted to vent. Probably a #temp

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    Beauty

    Yes this is a rant and no it's not from the poet in me who tries to see the ethereal side of the world, but from the part of me which faces the reality of this world.

    Beauty. It exists. It exists in the models strutting on the runway and in those who make it to the front page of the magazine. To say external beauty is irrelevant and that it doesn't matter would be invalidating the lives of plenty working in the beauty industry and ignoring the way nature works. Morphological advantages do matter, not just to homo sapiens but to many in the animal kingdom. Looking for external beauty comes with a part of being human and it isn't shallow, it's instinctive.

    Does beauty lie in the eyes of the beholder? Well, considering how the majority of beholders see beauty in the same thing, how far can we rely on this saying? On the other extreme, scientists who have strenuously identified faces with the perfect golden ratio symmetry still fall short to pleasing many eyes which see beauty in a bit of asymmetry. I would like to think of beauty as being 70% objective and 30% subjective.

    The trick here is defining objective beauty. Here is where despite how I have removed my rose-tinted glasses while writing this, I still have to admit, objective beauty has no rules. Beauty is abstract. Intangible. It cannot be measured by a scale or measuring tape. Humans in their attempt in finding patterns try to set up beauty standards to explain what beauty is and what it isn't. But I can boldly say, classifying beauty cannot be done like classifying the elements of the periodic table. What we have been doing so far, is identifying someone beautiful, measuring them from head to foot and resolving "Well, if this person, whom many see as beautiful is of this length, breadth, colour and texture, if I find another like this, they should be as beautiful. And anyone outside of this configuration, cannot be called pretty."
    Boy, did they fail in this attempt! Yes, indeed.

    Beauty is not rational. Beauty is not calculative. Beauty is not scientific, it cannot be defined. No matter how hard we try to set up beauty standards (and we will, out of our instinctive need to define things around us) beauty will always continue to stretch beyond anything and everything we confine it to be.
    The closest I can come to the definition of beauty is "When you see it, you know it's there."
    ©anvaya

  • anvaya 4w

    #clothing
    The background is of my blanket and the post is of exactly what I do with it. ��
    P.S. I'm not back yet. Just couldn't resist this challenge.

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  • anvaya 6w

    #bflowerc #chrysanthemum #chastushka lol does this count?
    Coincidentally this is my 250th post. Yay!
    Also the chrysanthemum in this post represents the Chinese symbolism of grief and lamentation.

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  • anvaya 6w

    #motivationc #offlineexam #exam #motivation #student #exams

    Dedicated to all those in mirakee writing their final exams.

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    You must have heard of tarot cards or fortune cookies. The idea is that the universe has a message for you which it conveys through some way. So I thought of a way we could experiment and experience this concept here in mirakee!

    The last digit of your heart will give you the phase of the moon that corresponds to you. You can refer to that stanza in the post and it will have a message for you! Enjoy!!!


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    #moon #wod

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    Phases Of Moon

    1
    The journey looks formidable
    And you're right at the start,
    But have some strength and self belief
    And destiny will play its part.

    2
    You're out there working hard,
    But the results don't seem to appear
    But don't worry, keep at it
    You'll get there, my dear!

    3
    At this point you feel heavy,
    Your mind feels burdened
    You just want to quit it all
    But hang in there, my friend.

    4
    So close yet so far it seems
    You have come a long way certainly
    Yet something's missing
    But you'll get it, you will see

    5
    Yes! You're there! Top of the peak
    Gazing back at the way you've come.
    Now take a break, reminisce the path
    Celebrate what you've become!

    6
    Suddenly you seem a little weak,
    The glory of success worn out
    Something feels unsettling,
    And your mind is filled with doubts.

    7
    Hurdles come at you from everywhere.
    You try your best yet fail.
    Life seems brimmed with injustice
    Perhaps you should change your sail?

    8
    You have been dodging every trouble,
    Fixing everything you can
    Life seems determined to push you down
    Maybe it's time for another plan.

    9/0
    Yes it's the darkest night in years
    You feel you're ripped apart
    Everything has come tumbling down,
    But hey, this could be a brand new start!
    ©anvaya

  • anvaya 6w

    #moon #wod #wnr_anv #pod
    Thank you so much @writersnetwork for the generous repost. I am overwhelmed and extremely grateful. ����

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  • anvaya 6w

    Oh medieval maiden, mulling
    melancholically by the moonlit lake
    may I know of thy mind's musings or
    mourning of a made mistake?
    ©anvaya

  • anvaya 7w

    Together we can stop this and create better headlines and a better world!
    #wod #headlines #headline #pod #wnr_anv

    OMG! Thank you so much for the repost @writersnetwork I am truly honoured.

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