Black Petals Issue #96, Summer, 2021

The Bravest Ant
Editor's Page
BP Artists' Page
BP Guidelines
Mars-News, Views and Commentary
Dark Resurrection-Fiction by Michael Hopkins
A Dip in the Pool-Fiction by Hillary Lyon
Far Down in the Credits-Fiction by Roy Dorman
Guilt Trip-Fiction by James Flynn
Ky'thagra's Big Day-Fiction by Devin Marcus
Larger Prey-Fiction by Richard Brown
Lover-Fiction by N. G. Leonetti
Sail Away-Fiction by Chris Allyne
Sleeping Again-Fiction by Russ Bickerstaff
The Poison Doorway-Fiction by Dionosio Traverso Jr.
The Tick Bite-Fiction by Robb T. White
Bake Sale Inspiration-Flash Fiction by Samantha Carr
Hotel with Full Amenities-Flash Fiction by William Kitcher
Reincarnation Jeopardy-Flash Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Sex Fiend-Flash Fiction by Karen Bayly
Witches' Sabbath-Poem by Mike Collins
Blood-Poem by Mike Collins
Death's Pornography-Poem by Mike Collins
Temptation-Poem by Mike Collins
Painting Light-Poem by Mike Collins
Dark Waltz-Poem by Marilyn Lou Berry
The Last Victim of Vlad the Impaler-Poem by Mehmet Akgonul
The Bravest Ant-Poem by Mehmet Akgonul
Ain't Alien Spores-Poem by Richard Stevenson
Giant Goldfish-Poem by Richard Stevenson
Igopogo-Poem by Richard Stevenson
Megamouth Has Cavities-Poem by Richard Stevenson

The Bravest Ant

Mehmet Akgönül


A vengeful ant bit a boy today.

The boy caught the bravest ant—

Then crushed it on the tips of his fingers.

The boy did not know that—

His murder would actually cause—

Some sort of butterfly effect.

He made the ant turn into a folk hero—

And the ant's herd started a war for its honor.

This is how years of plundering and invasion would begin.

Years had passed and the boy grew up into a man.

But the infestation of the ants has grown, too...

The queen of the ants said—

We need volunteers, one or two.

The man fell asleep with the love of his life, with peace—

But two brave ants sneaked in through the man's ears.

And the days continued to pass.

The man, who could not sleep for months—

Due to a headache, lost his sight.

And the doctor he went to—

Discovered that the two ants—

Were right behind the man's eyes…

The ants managed to take their revenge on the man.

They were waiting to celebrate—

When the doctor crushed one of the heroes with his tweezers.

All the ants began to lament with tears.

While the vows of vengeance were being made—

Their new victim was unaware that his fate was already written.

If he had read the science magazine on the table—

While drinking his coffee the other day, he would have known.

Ants don't forget their enemies because they have a spectacular memory.

They can spread the scent of the enemy to the colony and—

The fire of vengeance lasts until they all die.

Mehmet Akgönül is a poet who lives in Ankara, Turkey. He is studying at Hacettepe University Department of History. He worked as an editor  in an online newspaper GazeteHacettepe. His poems were published in Bosphorus Review of Books, The Nonconformist Literary Magazine, The Rye Whiskey Review, Punk Noir Magazine, Close to The Bone 4.4 Showcase and more…

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