Men in Black  

Black faces                                                     
           streaked with sweat                                                
           nostrils flared                                    
           sucking in fresh air…                                      

The morning light                                                
         opens their eyes                                                
         white teeth shine                                                 
         with home going smiles                                    
meant for another day.                                      

Warm water                                                
          washes away                                                
          the aching night…                                     
clean faces                                                

But, inside                                                
           in the deep hollows                                                            
          of their breath                                    
the wages of their labor                                                
grows dark.

It is a life                                                
no one appreciates                                    
but everyone expects.                                                                        

Tony Sexton