Khakis by Paul Smith


We brought khakis
We had meetings
Reviewed plans and specifications
Made schedules
Hired catrachos
To run bulldozers, cranes
Piledrivers and end loaders
Watched as the work force
Expanded and production
Learned how trucks needed
Three drivers, not one
The crane required two men to run it
We got laid frequently
Went to San Pedro Sula for drinks
Equipment broke
Barges sank
Garapatas bit
We were told
Everything we did
Was wrong
New managers came
With fresh khakis
The workers smiled
Revealing pink gums
The new management held meetings
Steak dinners were served
Every Thursday