They are changing the face of the city;
old buildings of sandstone are tumbling down.
The drill bites deep till raw nerves tremble,
and steel on steel scream shatters ground.
Unanaesthetised but uncomplaining,
cavernous mouth and haunted eyes
feel each shiver of wide incisions,
retracted muscles quivering
as rough hands chisel at splintered bone,
and a whistle shrills for the man suspended
above the ruin and broken stones.
Source: The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: a treasury for young people compiled by Libby Hathorn (ABC Books 2010)