To the movers
paid in pizza

and sweating
in a darkening stairwell,

no moonlight sonata,
but a moon, of a kind, imposing

its shadowy grandeur and girth,
its unrelenting pull upon the earth

felt along make-do ropes, straps,
lines that quiver and work

deep into the flesh, deeper
groans, mother-of-gods, and another

concerted heave to surmount
a single step, this

slow inglorious agony
of ascension.

Mike White
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