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Topic: Patience (08/21/08)
TITLE: Amanda Ant
By Verna Cole Mitchell
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The chores that lay ahead.
They had more loads to carry since
Miranda Ant was dead
But Brandon Ant was silent as
They marched in single file.
“To gripe about the jobs we have,”
He said, “is not my style.”
And Clarence Ant was quite content
To carry dirt along.
It sometimes was amazing how
He'd break into a song.
Though Annie Ant was very young,
She did the best she could.
Some thought she’d be protesting, but
She said she never would.
Samantha Ant was meek and mild,
Long suffering and patient.
Submissively, she plodded on,
In manner most complacent
Miranda Ant was fussing still,
“This really isn’t fun.
I’m tired of trudging all day long.
I wish my work was done.
My aching back is killing me;
My legs are much too thin.
I haven’t had a break, it seems,
I can’t remember when.”
Then Nancy Ant yelled in her ear,
“The Bible calls you ‘worker,’
And that’s just what you ought to be.
Amanda, you’re a shirker.”
Cassandra Ant told both of them,
“Since patience is a virtue,
To practice it with kindness now
Would certainly not hurt you.”
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