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Running Like Ants


Running rushing where are we going

Thoughts untimely steadily flowing

Chores and tasks must be complete

Otherwise a demise of no food and money

is what we could meet

What are we looking for

what are our goals

to have lots of valuables

with riches untold ?

who are we really trying to impress ?

do you find happiness from being under such stress ?

what are we trying to accomplish with our lives

are we content with whom we are inside ?

did we make a significant mark

never following the dream we wanted to embark

so we continue rushing and running like ants

unhappiness and all content with where we stand

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Thoughts Along The Way

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© 2014 torrilynn


sujaya venkatesh on August 22, 2015:

running mad truly

RTalloni on May 12, 2015:

Though the topic is an old one, your lines move along and finish with a thought provoking finality. "…all content with where we stand."

That really is the the crux of the matter. Content for lack of vision…content because of blindness…content in the limitations of self…content, or so we think.

Lots to think about in your summation!

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 06, 2015:

Sometimes we are so focused on the minutiae of everyday life that the important things escape us.

torrilynn (author) on May 06, 2015:

@Frank Atanacio im glad that you liked my concept and thanks for stopping by.

@AliciaC im glad that you were able to see the important message in my hub. Blessings to you

@ocfireflies im happy you found my hub beautiful and true

@annart im happy that you found my poem great and thanks for stopping by

Ann Carr from SW England on May 06, 2015:

Yes, why do we do it? Great poem to make us stop and think.


ocfireflies from North Carolina on May 06, 2015:

So true and so beautifully crafted. I love the way you create a flow mirroring the rush.


Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 05, 2015:

There is definitely a sense of speed in this poem! The poem also contains an important message. Many of us do need to slow down and stop rushing.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on April 18, 2015:

i like the concept .. an awesome read Torrilynn..:)

torrilynn (author) on March 31, 2015:

@lady fiddler thanks for the commment

torrilynn (author) on March 31, 2015:

@rajan jolly thanks for your comment and positive thoughts

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 22, 2015:

Great thought and one almost everyone of us needs to give a hard thinking to. We are just caught in a senseless rut leading to nothing.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on January 09, 2015:

Interesting poem and good questions to ask oneself

Have a bless afternoon

torrilynn (author) on December 19, 2014:

@AudreyHowitt thanks for reading my work and im glad that you enjoyed it

torrilynn (author) on December 19, 2014:

@travmaj it is true as we get older, it seems as if our lives become more hectic whether its due to a move, a promotion, more responsibilities. or a growing family. this is a reminder to take time for yourself and to just breathe.

Audrey Howitt from California on December 01, 2014:

Just came back for another read! Really well done!

travmaj from australia on November 14, 2014:

I feel quite breathless reading this and realise how fast paced life is. And I can't answer why. The older I get the more hectic it seems. Great reminder to slow down and smell the roses.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@WillStarr I'm glad you enjoyed my hub thanks for reading.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@quildon thank you for your words, they are much appreciated and I always try to use pictures that relate to what I'm saying or what I want others to help perceive what I'm saying.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@Mel Carriere I think that all of us are those ants constantly moving and never slowing.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@AudreyHowitt thanks for your kind words.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@Venkatachari I agree with you we should work until we have enough money so that we don't have to work as much.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@James-wolve thanks for reading my hub and for voting up.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@jandee thanks for the kind words.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@lisavanvorst it is true we are always rushing and never slowing down.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@seanorjohn thanks for reading my hub and for voting up.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@travmaj thanks for reading my hub and you are more than welcome.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@DDE thank you for reading my poem and I'm glad that you liked it.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@MinnetonkaTwin I agree that we love such a crazy life and thank you for your kind words. They are much appreciated.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@Venkatachari yes we are a very crazy society of people and we should take more time to slow down

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@teaches12345 it is true we are always moving as never slowing. Thanks for reading my hub.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@livingsta thanks for appreciating my poem and I couldn't agree more that we new to enjoy life instead of merely surviving.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@aviannovice I believe we will always be ants. Constantly, working and surviving and not simply enjoying life for what it is.

torrilynn (author) on November 12, 2014:

@Sunshine625 I couldn't agree more!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 02, 2014:

A nice reminder to...slow down! :)

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on July 11, 2014:

In the game of life, we really are ants. I like the way you captured life in general for many folks.

livingsta from United Kingdom on July 06, 2014:

Thank you for sharing this with us. So sad that this is how life has become for a majority of the people in this world. We need to stop and think / listen sometimes. Voted up and sharing!

Dianna Mendez on July 02, 2014:

Such a true picture of how most of live our lives. Rushing to and fro and missing the important events of life. Great poem.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on July 01, 2014:

Very true. It shows how crazy we are, with no time to stop and take rest or enjoy life. We end up our life running after things and all through out stress with no time to enjoy what we have accomplished in our such strenuous runnings. Very nice depiction of reality.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on July 01, 2014:

This poem really illustrates how crazy we can live our lives, and for what? In the end, we die alone and bring none of the materials we work so hard for. Life is so much more about love and connection. Beautiful writing and nice temp and pace in your words.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 30, 2014:

Sometimes people forget to take their time and to be more patient.You have shared such a n important poem.

travmaj from australia on June 29, 2014:

Exhausted reading your very true words and perhaps a reminder to stop and look around more often. Thanks for this.

seanorjohn on June 29, 2014:

This is a poem that rings true. \\\\\\good stuff and voted up.

Lisa VanVorst from New Jersey on June 29, 2014:

This is so true. I feel I am rushing all the time, at work, home, errands etc. Then when I finally get to relax I fall asleep from exhaustion. It doesn't matter what part of the day it is. The more I rush to do the less energy I have and so I sleep. Life is too precious to always be rushing and Life is too Short. Rushing means we as society miss out on the beautiful things in life.

jandee from Liverpool.U.K on June 29, 2014:

Just so nice and asks a question of importance .

Tijani Achamlal from Morocco on June 29, 2014:

Very profound questions ,everyone has to ask.Voted up

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on June 28, 2014:

I think there is something good to learn from ants. They collect food and store it for rainy seasons, you know. They are conscious of future and secure their future with present hard work. So we must learn this good thing from them. Work now itself for securing a better tomorrow. But not run for huge wealth and high aspirations. Work for that much which can give you enjoyment when you can work no longer.

Audrey Howitt from California on June 28, 2014:

Ah--well done! Like Jamie said--nice use of line break --fits the piece so well!

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on June 28, 2014:

There's nothing worse than finally achieving your dreams and then realizing that you're now too old to enjoy them.

Great work!

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on June 28, 2014:

I'm one of those ants; running and running and never finding a lot of time to enjoy life. Great poem!

Angela Joseph from Florida on June 28, 2014:

Torrilyn, this is a very thought-provoking, beautifully-written poem. I also like the picture you used, showing the look of anxiety on the woman's face. If only we could see ourselves like that.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 28, 2014:

Your poem puts our lives in perspective as to what is really important and what is not. Like Bill said we should definitely take time out to smell the roses...or look up at the canvas of the sky and feel the sun on our cheeks. So much is out there that is pleasurable and at no cost but our time and effort to open our eyes and just simply enjoy. Up votes and sharing!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2014:

There is serious truth in this poem...stop and smell those roses while we still can.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 28, 2014:

Torrilynn, I love how this poem races also the good message, It is similar to one I wrote called "Never Dally in the Field of Vain Regret". Voted up.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on June 28, 2014:

Lovely poem and such a reminder that we can get lost in our lives. Well done!

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on June 28, 2014:

A very beautiful poem with an important message. Yes, we are often running like ants.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on June 27, 2014:

I love how you used line break to control the speed and tempo of the poem, well done. Enjoyable to the last line. Jamie

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on June 27, 2014:

Good and interesting one. 'We continue rushing and running like ants' in search of wealth and happiness and with no content of what we get.

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on June 27, 2014:

Hi torrilynn. A nice and pacey poem today. You pose many questions, no answer to any really. It's life just rolling along. Tip Top.


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