“Kinda? Whaddya mean, kinda? As in, she’s kinda pregnant?” Our meeting jargon.
“Do you like hummus?” “You mean that brown mushy stuff That smells like poo? No.”
Wearing 2XL Rain jacket down to my knees Don’t need the rain pants.
Gloves and waders on, Helping geo engineer Collect soil samples.
Slurring words, he says: You are the most beautiful Construction lady.
OAC meeting Small talk about bifocals Used to go hunting.
Wearing designer Jeans to stomp in the mud seems Inappropriate
Met owner at lunch, “I thought she would be Swedish, Tall, and blond.” Sorry?
Shift now starts at noon It means I have co-workers And need sunglasses.
Buttress drilling specs Needs thixotropic fluid Used inside casing.
Drilling foreman talk, Operating crane much like Call of Duty game (!?!)
The office party, Everyone goes, I work swing, But boss gives me wine.
Hole punch confetti Fills pockets of safety vest It’s time to vacuum.
Whizzing rubber balls Creates rainbow of color I duck in my cube.
30 mph! Need to tighten the hard hat Lest the wind takes it.
Waiting for boys’ move, I connect all paper clips And place back in box.
Wandering transient He screams, “Fuck you!” and scowls At empty driveway.
Pick-Up Line Fail
“Let’s jog together.” Authoritatively walk, That’s all I will do.
When Your Industry is
Don’t shit where you eat. Apparently that’s too rough? No pen in shared ink.
Stuffed cube full of trash, But apple in safety vest, OK, I forgive.
Empty desk while day, Fake bugs hidden everywhere, Night: Rolling my eyes.
I asked his origin. “I’m from where the men are men, And the sheep are scared.”
Rain gear overalls Looks like Pillsbury dough boy Craving hot shower.
I can deduct gear?!? IRS fueling spending Good tip from foreman.
Site binoculars: To watch workers down below Or peep next building?
No shave November Drew moustache on my finger So I’m not left out.
Nachos in my tumm, Eating like college frat boy, This is construction.
Since I work downtown Animal or human poop? Is the real question.
Bought new steel-toed boots :) “Too clean!” He stomps on them. Well, he is my boss.
Running around here Makes me sweaty and dirty. No time for dinner :(
Stood too near a truck Dumping spoils from buttress shafts. Cement down my shirt.
I’m writing haikus Recording construction life: Prose with men, tools, work.