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An eye for a crumb

There’s a haphazard pattern

Of sullied breadcrumbs in the kitchen.

Some stuck together

In sparse indoor leaks,

Of intrusively torrential rains.

Soon to be


Into a pile of dilated mush.

Others found their way

To the stony ground.

Splattered like stars,

Shrouded in polluted skies.


But obscure.

Impudent distractions.

He swipes them away

Into nooks where

Only vermin foster.

And soon there’s a trail of red and black,

Crawling right into his




She liked ants.

Gleefully seeking their origin,

Playing her part in

A misconstrued Hansel and Gretel

For one.

And when she’d find it,

It would uncover a dimple.

And ecstatic eyes

Would then search for him,

To share in vacuous joy,

Of their latest feat.

Why did she like

The pernicious vermin,

He never knew.

Ever too often

A conspicuous lump of sugar,

Or those biscuits she really liked,

Would find their way

Outside their boxes.

Just as she'd found her way into one,


Ever since,

He kept the kitchen spotless,

And walls puttied

Till everything was snuffed out,

Into a spotless,






It’s raining.

And he's made a grave,


But ants are unforgiving.

They pour in,


To take back


Their paths meet in


Grief works in

Unusual ways.

Shy at first,

But a knock from nostalgia,

And the cat's out of

It's box.

The Skinner box

Of their mind,

is lit.

And he’s crouching on all fours,

Staring at the window sill.


But for one tiny hole,

And an ecstatic eye.

If you've ever read about or been interested in Art and to be more precise surrealistic art you would know of the subconsciously rich, surrealistic masterpieces of Salvador Dali. One of my best-loved, Dali is the perfect choice to immerse in art with, whether it be from a psychological analysis of his flamboyant personality or breaking down fantasies of his abstract dream-like paintings into varied perspectives.

Incidentally, Dali was highly influenced by the works of Sigmund Freud (another one atop my list), leading him to explore the psycho-sexual surrealism of life through inducing hallucinatory states to access his subconscious mind. After this rather unique approach, his painted works rose to unparalleled heights in surrealistic appeal and popularity.

Dali's paintings were highly consistent in the objects utilized to depict an emotion/reality, a preferred one being Ants. Ants have oft been understood to signify death, decay and potential destruction across cultures, and Dali associated much the same symbolism with them, having lost many a piece of provision in his hungry childhood to their undefeated, frequent attacks. Even Freud associated dreams of ants (crawling on bodies) with potential death in his highly debated dream interpretations.

And why this sudden fancy with ants, you may ask? Well, it's raining again.

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