Pitfall

“We will dig a pit,” the men shouted.
“And it will be beautiful.”
“We will fill it with our treasures.”

The bent their backs in labor.
The toil was great.
Dripping sweat,
they strained against the dirt.

In a while, the pit was dug.
The men reveled in its beauty,
for the sides were smooth and
it was very deep.

“Let us get our gold,” they gasped,
and turned from the hole.
But they turned too hastily,
slipped,
and were swallowed by their work.

What good was their gold now?

1985

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