The Ant Explorer – A Poem with an MP3 Recording

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The Ant Explorer was written by the humorous Australian poet, C. J. Dennis (1876 – 1938). It was first published in A Book for Kids in 1921.

This poem is about the sugar ant, which comes from Australia

Below you can listen to an mp3 recording of the poem and read along with the text.

MP3 The Ant Explorer

The Ant Explorer

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.

Read by Algy Pug

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