Poems of the Week

The Rescuers

by Bruce Bennett

“An ant’s sense of smell is so strong, it can sniff out cancer”
The Washington Post

An ant can sniff out cancer?
Whoever would have thought
that we would find the answer
through ants that can be taught

To locate with antennae
what soon might make us ill?
May I remember when I
am told that I must kill

The ones that swarm our table.
They’re welcome to my food.
As long as I am able,
I’ll let them. Why be rude

Instead of being grateful?
Why listen to one’s wife
and act as if they’re hateful?
An ant can save your life!