Uncovered in a Tasmanian rock quarry,
A fossilized scroll of the sage Tutenant,
Of the ancient ant kingdom of Hillovant.
The following, its transcribed fragment: –
“Remember your wisdom O venerable ant member,
You command great armies without a commander.
Following the community ant steps of one another,
You render impossible treks possible without GPS,
Your chemical marking on forest trail and on walls,
Neon signposts to the colony’s bush-wacked trails.
You forage for food with no shopping bags in hand,
‘Yet I’ve never seen our children begging for bread.’
Specialist members working with heroic fervor,
Raise a fortress without architect or contractor.
– Fellow denizens, etch immortal words on this hill
That future passersby may know of this kingdom:
Rehearsing pre-historic tales of its stored wisdom,
Carved in amber in the Queen’s inner sanctum.”-
So ends Tutenant’s fervent ant oratory;
Immortalizing his colony for posterity.