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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Make Hay While the Sun Shines" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (03/06/08)
TITLE: Miranda Ant
By Verna Cole Mitchell
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Which made the others mad.
Said Andrew Ant, “I’m ‘shamed of you;
Your laziness is sad.”
Amanda Ant had words for her
About the tasks she’d shirk.
She said, “It’s up to all of us
When it is time to work.”
Said Randy Ant in deep disgust,
“This one thing I believe,
If you were queen, you’d lay no eggs
For workers to receive.”
And Clancy Ant then spoke his piece
And nudged her with his knee,
“Get up and help me shove this rock;
It’s way too big for me.”
When Daniel Ant saw her abed,
He couldn’t understand
Why she was not out pushing dirt
Beneath the bulging land.
Then Nancy Ant came close to her
And yelled right in her ear,
“If you’re not up within the hour,
I’ll stomp you—do you hear?”
Then Brandon Ant tried kinder words,
“You know we love you, Dear,
But when the sun is in the sky,
It’s our job to appear.”
He added in his speech to her,
“I do not want to fuss,
But to remind you for our ways,
The Bible praises us.*
Samantha Ant then had a plan
To find a picnic place.
She knew Miranda loved them and
Would surely show her face.
And then Cassandra Ant came close
And shooed them all away.
“Can you not tell she’s dead,” she said,
“And been that way all day?”
*Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at Harvest. NIV
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