Urban Spall

Next to our house
there was a low house and high trees

When the hammering stops
there will be a high house and no trees

Since birds know only song and silence
it falls to us to cry

Spall (spɔl) 
n. 1. a chip or splinter, as of stone or ore. v.t.  2. to break into smaller pieces, as ore; split or chip. v.i.   3. to break or split off in chips or bits. [1750–60; orig. uncertain; compare late Middle English spalle a chip] https://www.thefreedictionary.com/spall 

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