Caution: Men At Work

Caution: Men At Work

(For the men who dug trenches for communication lines all across my town)

 

This pounding sound fills my head,

Like the cracks on some dry white feet

On the hard ground

On the auto-numb minds

Of endless rows of swiftly moving metal and flesh

Carved out by the fires of the mid-day sun

The bellowed dust reluctantly fuses

With the left over scent

From the shinning starched shirts

Of the blind men

I heard they came in a big black car

Four minutes ago

To over-see I guess.

They asked for depth,

Counted the men,

And rinsed their fingers

With bottled water

They didn’t talk

They only sang a brief lullaby

To toss the flesh

(Who had too few pebbles of choice

To break the hypnosis)

Further into the usual digging dream

When they left.

Well the ground was softer

The sweat from the rows of flesh

Was helped by those from the bottled water

Held by the blind men,

Four minutes ago.

They won’t come back tomorrow

Nor the day after it

Nor will any of us

For we can see some words

Weakly scribbled…

On a rusty corrugated iron scrap

Nailed to an erected chunk of fire wood.

Pity the blind men didn’t see it

Four minutes ago

Who then will warn them

About the words

Weakly scribbled

On the rusty iron scrap?

 

 



4 thoughts on “Caution: Men At Work” by stephen (@atchikichaka)

  1. I don’t know oh! I don’t know who will warn them oh! Hehehe…As usual, Mr Stephen, U have somer-tumbled my head here. Nice work. I hope the diggers understand poetry.

  2. @stephen, nice one here: my glasses are dirty so i’ll have to come disect this later…the diggers dey suffer no be sumol and those darn puffed starched shirts just come suffer them more…well God dey:

    Well the ground was softer
    The sweat from the rows of flesh
    Was helped by those from the bottled water
    Held by the blind men,

    nice lines here, these are the the spirit and soul of this poem for me

  3. i am glad i am not getting any ‘Am – should- be- i’m’ speech! lol thanks!

  4. A picture I can relate to. Nice one.

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