Tunnels and tunnels and tunnels

“There are concrete stacks”
or so he said, in that language

we’ve never mastered. “There
are concrete stacks that broke

our backs when we lugged and
skulked for horizon.” He smiled

a bit and snapped a finger at a
memory of his building, though

a flash of pain made the madness
sane when he hesitated of the fallen.

“We paid the bills, we paid the lambs,
we paid the girls for all their trouble,

but in the dirt we laid our heads
with the bruising, broken rubble.”

He turned and spat and winked at
that leaning lady at the bar, but his

gaze was off to recall and cough
through the dust where the dreams

turned into fall. “The tunnels were life,
like veins, through strife, though the

means left a lot to desire.” He cried a bit
while we moved to sit overlooking

the concrete messiah.