Mother Says

CRUMBS

by Hal Sirowitz

Don’t eat any food in your room,

Mother said. You’ll get more bugs.

They depend on people like you.

Otherwise, they would starve.

But who do you want to make happy,

Your mother or a bunch of ants?

What have they done for you?

Nothing. They have no feelings.

They’ll eat your candy. Yet

You treat them better than you treat me.

You keep feeding them.

But you never offer me anything.

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