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Poetry #68
(published Early, 2002)
The Canal Digger Tells a Story
by Melanie Kenny

Here are basements, inbetween spaces
we donít understand, donít know how to explain.

A spade turns over crumbly cemetary dirt
riddled with endless sewers and catacombs.

Our mucky ditches, small protest
against the wayward canals.

Once one of our number dug too deep,
through the city to the sky free of shadow.

When dirt fell Ďway instead of resisting,
he climbed through taking his shovel with him.

The gates shuddered. Citizens clutched their palms.
One less citizen held, one less holding the city.

from The Floating City

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