Three workers fell when their scaffold collapsed.
They died at once. Was anyone hopeful?
Did someone say, “Shit,” in his native language
Or call to the god who lets things happen?
Someone stole the bolts in the night
While the watchmen drank soup.
Someone took a wrench and pliers in the dark
To repair the trunk that would not stay shut.
And he never learned the thing he had done,
Even driving the widows to the cemetery,
A good fare with waiting time and tip,
Light traffic on the secondary roads.