‘The hobbyist / aims a drum / of fierce / aluminum.’ /

Pouring molten aluminum into an anthill turns invasive species into beautiful art.
—International Science Times

This hill
of sand.

all descend

in file

and fill
our labyrinth.

The hobbyist
aims a drum

of fierce

Heat’s dragnets
seal it:

Those in darkness
see a light.

Daniel Leonard is a poetry MFA candidate at Boston University, where he was recently awarded the Hurley Prize. His poems have appeared in First Things, North Central Review, and elsewhere.

Editors' Note: See Casting A Fire Ant Colony with Molten Aluminum, a YouTube video that has more than 58 million views so far. Photocredit:

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