Hidden Costs

for the mill rats at Smurfit

Thick concrete floors conceal a dozen men
with muscle memory fine as rats
dragging conduit through knee-deep chemical waste
in the semi-darkness. Clumps of putrid pulp
lie submerged along an encrusted creek.
The E.P.A.
OSHA
Erin Brockovich—

Nobody sees this
except the men who skitter four tens
each week, so your correspondence
can be printed on pristine paper
92-bright.

 

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