Shifting Blame, by Tony Brewer

The ants make their way
into my kitchen sink
on the ivy growing
around the pipes
under the house

Disoriented scouts searching
for a morsel or a place
to build a new nest

I pinch them one by one
and throw them
into dirty dish water

Not a bug problem
or a food-left-out problem

A who’s-in-charge issue

Workers and the landlord
fighting over crumbs and housing

while roots oblivious
to my foundation creep
untouchable in the dark


Published 8th September


About Tony Brewer

Tony Brewer is a poet, event producer, voice actor, and live sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. His books include: The Great American ScapegoatLittle Glove in a Big HandHot Type Cold Read, and Homunculus. He has been offering Poetry On Demand at coffeehouses, museums, cemeteries, churches, bars, and art and music festivals for over 10 years, and he is one-third of the poetry performance group Reservoir Dogwoods.