The Ant Explorer
~ C J Dennis
Once a little sugar ant made up his mind to roam-
To fare away far away, far away from home.
He had eaten all his breakfast, and he had his ma's consent
To see what he should chance to see and here's the way he went
Up and down a fern frond, round and round a stone,
Down a gloomy gully where he loathed to be alone,
Up a mighty mountain range, seven inches high,
Through the fearful forest grass that nearly hid the sky,
Out along a bracken bridge, bending in the moss,
Till he reached a dreadful desert that was feet and feet across.
Twas a dry, deserted desert, and a trackless land to tread,
He wished that he was home again and tucked-up tight in bed.
His little legs were wobbly, his strength was nearly spent,
And so he turned around again and here's the way he went-
Back away from desert lands feet and feet across,
Back along the bracken bridge bending in the moss,
Through the fearful forest grass shutting out the sky,
Up a mighty mountain range seven inches high,
Down a gloomy gully, where he loathed to be alone,
Up and down a fern frond and round and round a stone.
A dreary ant, a weary ant, resolved no more to roam,
He staggered up the garden path and popped back home.
The plum and cherry trees in my neck of the woods are blooming. Spring is around the corner and the end of the year is nigh. We are contemplating travel. Musing on the possibilities and starting to tote up costs against travelling in different seasons. It is quite a time-consuming exercise to trawl through flight, accommodation and sight-seeing information online. Planning independent travel for a family of five is not for the faint-hearted and we're starting from a low base. Not the same a packing up the Honda for an inter-state road trip. I'm exhausted just reading my Lonely Planet Not for Parents Guide to New York. Will we ever venture further than my nightstand I wonder?