Step by slow step,
the weight balanced by a single handle
rocking back and forth
careening into legs
as we walk through the grass to the water.
High stems bow gently in the breeze,
tickling the legs as I walk past,
shuffling along as the water gets closer,
almost there.
I take a breath of the moist salted air
as I set the weight down,
Jadis sits on the sand eager for our trip.
Burning pain brings me from my reverie,
looking down in dismay at the dreaded color
red like cherries
feasting on the flesh,
killer ants attacking my lovely skin
as red welts rise up to greet my dismay.
I slap myself here
then there
then here again wondering
from what bowel of Hell did these emerge from?
We walk back for the second craft
and I watch the ground for blatant party hot spots
yet what do I see,
but the tall strand of grass mocking me,
a line of ants just waiting to catch a ride
to score a free meal
on my tender juicy flesh,
but I’m not down with that
so I move away,
no free ride today
’cause we’ve got places to go
and sights to see,
so I’ll not have some insects feasting on me,
so we push to the water
and gliding away
beneath the meandering clouds
into the peaceful mangroves….
to hear a big splash….
wondering what the heck was that?
Not looking back.

Thoghts on another beautiful kayak ride today, only to find nasty little ants biting me as we carried the crafts down the path to the water….nasty little things I tell ya, nasty…..not sure what the big splash was but it went from where we had the boats and into the water…..gulp…..gator water….eyes wide open and heart beating like a wildman….nature at its best.


18 thoughts on “Escape

  1. The big splash seems a little scarier than the insects, painful though they may be. Knowing where you are, I keep thinking of big reptiles… Ha! Glad you had a nice trip down the river! You are certainly getting to know the area in wonderful fashion. It is nice to be along for the ride!


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  2. Thanks Izrael….I’m glad you enjoyed it….although I’m a bit itchy because of it….it will heal and I’ll pay better mind next time๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ

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  3. Wow, five miles….they are industrious little buggers. The ant emoticon is on my IPad, there’s a ton of all different kinds, animals, flags,etc…..they’re everywhere down here…little sand hills everywhere…even when you sweep,the concrete, the next day, they rebuild๐Ÿ˜Šhave an excellent Sunday my friend, peace, Kim


  4. Love the ant emoticon!!! Where did you find it? I’ve been watching ant videos all evening. I have been fighting a battle with leaf cutter and carpenter ants..The fumigator said they once found a tunnel five miles long. The pumped two tank cars full of gas into the tunnel and never got to the end of it!!!

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  5. I hear they taste good with chocolate…but I will never know…I give them credit, I only swatted the biting ones….the rest lived on to find someone else to snack upon๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿœ I let 99% of the critters I encounter live….no fears….peace and stamina, Kim

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  6. Now these little ants put humans to shame in my opinion. We have hands and feet and we can do so much more and yet we complain and not using our full potential. Look at these tiny little ants and what they’re carrying probably to their nest. A great example of determination and perseverance if you tell me. โค

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  7. Thanks Morgan, the bites feel better now, but man it’s tough lugging a 56 lb kayak only to see them and feel them biting on your leg and ankles….not sure if it was gator, it was very loud and made a big splash…it’s kind of eerie back there, shallow water, just the two of us and no weapons….argh….


  8. Ha, I wish I could be half as good, Internet search for red ants on a stem….they looked like quite the little performers….it is an amazing shot whoever took it. Glad you enjoyed๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿœ


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