|At a young age, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome which is part of the autism spectrum. Because of it, I have a short attention span, which usually prevents me from reading or writing long stories. Haikus are a plus for me because they are short, but it helps me figure out how to get my point across quickly (I tend to overexplain things). Over the years, I have grown to become an open-minded individual, seeing the world in multiple shades of gray.|
This poem was inspired by a video I saw of the Cordyceps fungi (www.youtube.com/watch?v=o57imE…). The fungus can infect ants and turn them into a zombie-like state. When the ant dies, the parasite sprouts from their bodies to spread its spores. However, watching the video helped me see the fungus in a different light: it insures no species (wither it be ants or another type of insect) overwhelm the ecosystem. Like nature’s answer to population control.
Fun Fact: The title of this poem is from Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Masque of the Red Death. It reminds me that ants, like humans, are not entirely invincible. They can succumb to infection, regardless of their status on the food chain.