Crownhill Fort

Down tunnels and steps
into earth and granite
a limestone hallway
watch, through slots
mossy oaks, autumn valley
hear the clamour
comrades at work
staying alive
keeping the king
the devil you know
deaf but alive
mad but breathing
nightmare sweat
children, wife
bug your sleep
razor your stubble
read the news
brain aligned
from here to here
with a different name
not much changes
they still laugh
keep you quiet
strings on puppets
from up there
above the set
to here
this arm
this leg
this head that nods
cut your options
stay alive
ah, ha, ha, ha
staying alive

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