A Construction Worker

By:- rANJEETA nATH gHAI

Keeping away his jackhammer and
Shovel;
Thirsty; sweaty and dirty,
The taciturn worker;
Remains ruminating;
About his existence of the world.

*

Late night footsteps
Across the street,
Rusting components;
Crane necks girders and,
Steel bones in moonlight, remind him
Of project shelved, fenced off and unfinished.

*

Tight lipped and staring,
He wonders about the world around him.
While shrugging off the cold,
He puts his shirt back on,
And the echoes of his daydreams
Touch a humming static on his skin.

*

As he watches the people distantly,
He wonders at his fate;
His forever war with the wages offered,
Unfulfilled dreams and the blatant apathy of the contractor.
Why was he put here?
To follow in the footsteps of the construction worker..!

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©Ranjeeta Nath Ghai,  atrangizindagieksafar, 2016.

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17 thoughts on “A Construction Worker

      1. The sketches are really good too 🙂 I was referring to your text with my comment, for me good poetry makes you immediately see and feel the situation and atmosphere described and that was here the case ..

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  1. A word about the construction worker’s wife (also a construction worker) would have completed your description of the life of a construction worker. The most exploited woman – both by her husband and also the contractor.

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