Hades at Work

The descent, the fall, the pit,
the fading sky. The wind, the stink,
the fetid water.  The hum, the clang,
the fierce resistance to jackhammer and pick.
The pressure against the arms, the power
of opposition.  The ache, the sweat,
the swelter, the fade.  The shimmer,
the heat, the sun, the thirst.  The cold
cold stone.  The weariness, the need.
The anger, the rage, the insistence
of flesh.  The giving, the release, the
crack, the falling, the stone unleashed.
The relief, the rest, the water, the ache.
The crane, the steel, the mesh gurney,
the rising.  The mates, the laughter,
the convoy, the lights.  The slope
to the valley, the pub, the silence.
The cold, cold stone.  The ache, the ache.