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Dialogue of the City: Depleted

Bethel Tadesse
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As I spent my days working on a construction site, I couldn’t help but notice the overwhelming feeling of unease that seemed to linger in the air. The site was filled with workers and heavy machinery, and the smell of concrete mixed with the earthy scent of sweat and hard work. The harsh sun and rain, coupled with labor-intensive work, created a fatigued atmosphere. The chaos of their surroundings affected everyone. It was a constant reminder of the weight of responsibility the workers carried. This was the everyday life of a mason, a world where labor-intensive work was the norm, and where the machines and tools around them were as much a part of their lives as the air they breathed.

As I watched the masons sweat away at their daily work, I couldn’t help but notice the fascinating interplay between man and machine. With each passing day, both the masons and their tools showed unmistakable signs of wear and tear, a testament to the grueling physical demands of their work. Their tools, once shiny and new, now bore the marks of countless hours of use, with chipped edges and worn-down surfaces. The masons themselves were no less worn, their skin etched with wrinkles and scars, each one a testament to their labor. It was evident that the weight of work had taken a toll on their lives.

In their race to survive and cope with the competition, they would choose to wear themselves out until they ran out of resources and had nothing left to give. They depleted their youth, labor, and stamina. Their physical appearance bore the weight of time and toil. Yet, despite these challenges, the masons carried on, their unwavering determination and unyielding spirit evident in every step they took. They worked tirelessly, pushing themselves to their limits, all in the pursuit of survival.

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