trench man #5: the nature of the job

his job
is the creation
of absence

each shovel filled
is a movement
into
negative space

the measure
of his work
is the quality
of removal

straight walls
level floor
just so
high
just so
wide

all of it filled
through his diligence
with nothing


© Frank Prem, 2017

June 2017 Poem #14: trench man #6: foreign substance

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