Ant-like Strengths – Poem by Tricia Hague-Barrett (1993)


An ant carries its large load across the cracks
In the path on its way homeward

Nothing gets in his way
Nothing prevents him from succeeding

He finds a way over ravines
over and around large boulders

Navigating through tall grasses
and tall trees

If only “I” could have seen the end in the beginning
Where struggles are frequent but passable

   Testing but not breaking my resolve to give in
To the desperate feelings of loneliness, tiredness

   Ant-like, I too have to learn to carry the heavy loads
The Teaching loads, the Administrative loads

Working alone and sometimes in groups
Studying, deepening, teaching, and serving

Carrying my loads across potholes, ditches, mountains
Through distant valleys of calmness and pain

The highs and lows of emotional exhaustion
shunning the need to give up and go rest awhile

Turbulent tests, each a stumbling stone
Causing me to waver and fall, and to give up

  But then I remember the “Why”
God allowed me to see 
the bigger picture

Once again, I pick up the heaviest loads, and
set out once more, struggling just as before

Knowing that Each test is there to guide me 
Like guardian angels, each one assisting me

To raise the Sun in my mornings thoughts
and to herald the Dawn of The New Day


Tricia Hague-Barrett
Author: Tricia Hague-Barrett

Tricia Hague-Barrett Is a New Zealand Bahá'í and applied for membership in 1973. She has served in many capacities, including as Public Relations Officer and was appointed an Archivist in 3 communities. She has served on several Spiritual Assemblies. She is a published author and poet, has written an Autobiography, and she has helped produce and been one of the voices on “Bahá’iTime” on Community Radio. She has created several video presentations for YouTube. Tricia studied art with The Learning Connexion in Wellington, NZ receiving a Diploma of Art & Creativity. An artist with multiple talents in Pottery, Sculpting, Painting, chanting and other arts, she has also tutored art with little children as well as adults. She was invited to go to the Marshall Islands to help create 52 radio programs based on the Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh (2004) Her love of art has seen her create posters, pamphlets, and articles during her lifetime, and of course many other things to help further the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh. A mother of 5, grandmother of 12, and a great grandmother of 2.

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