Young Concretor

His fixed black eyes,
turned, like a mother’s to her sorrows
eight metres down in a hole
dug for concrete.

His workmates call hoarsely from the rim
but only see and hear
his nothingness

– “he was just here a second ago”

His neck is a broken spirit,
fingernails are torn away
he’d flayed against the earth
falling indefinitely for one and half seconds.

The young concreter,
carefuly finishing his glide work
at the edge of the slab
had stepped back to admire
the reflected perfection of the sky.

His mother receives the news before the slab
is no longer a mirror,
she pictures him falling and
thinks of the last time he called,

– “I only spoke to him yesterday”



MChallis © 2014