The cracks, even the cracks of her feet were black with earth.
Her hair matted with black and hanging limp and wildly at her ears.
Her hands were stained black and there were small scars where the work showed through.
And just when it seemed she couldn’t get any blacker,
her heart stood still with the black mud.
Her eyes shed black tears that smudged her filthy cheeks.
Her mouth oozed.
She had stayed too long in the dark wet. She was one of them.
Yet there she crouched. Sobbing and shaken.
Her precious work torn asunder by those who spoke sharp words of machines.
All she knew lay raped and stranded in the bright sun.
It would be theirs tomorrow. Neat and shiny.
It would be organized and proper and clean.
It was always so sad to see them like this. Naked and lost.
No words would come to stay them from her treasure.
She would silently suffer.
It might kill her….
Yes, she would die if not for the others. They always come.
They take back their own into the dank woods.
Who knows what horrors lie there.
God it must be dreary and strange.
Oh, look, it must be time to go. The sun is sinking.