The landscaper

"We want you to tarmac the drive," they said.
"There's a manhole cover here," he said,
"Let me check your drain." So down he went.

The rocking ladder was twice his height.
Next he stretched up, to his full height,
In a brick room from which pipes went.

He walked about beneath the ground.
(The voices faded over ground)
Climbed back; then told them all he found.

No drive was laid. On his new broom
He leans to tarmac's glistening bloom.
His eyes survey the shadows' room.

Alison Brackenbury

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