David of Popehat, a blog mostly about legal matters, wrote this fascinating post about TCP (Transmission Control Protocol, a process which helps make the Internet possible*), and how ants employ a similar technique when hunting for food.
At the end of the post, he included this e.e. cummings poem I’d never seen before, which is a response to Proverbs 6:6: “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” The wordplay is stunning. The reference to “sinister dexterity” is enough to make this ant- and word-lover swoon.
All this after having a big black ant surprise me in my fourth-floor Brooklyn bathroom this morning. Oh, serendipity.
*I’m probably saying that wrong.
(via Go to FourmiLab, thou Sluggard | Popehat)