The menacing iron claws were silhouetted
Against the morning sky.
The protesting metallic groan of the crane rang out,
Signifying that another day's work was at hand.
The ship lay passive beneath the ghoulish monstrosity,
Which again screamed in agony at the heaviness of its load.
The creaking chains stretched taut,
Swinging over the open hatches
Until at last the burden was at rest.