Can't hear rumors of a modern world -
mud in my ears.
I dig all day to eat -
mud in my teeth.
Dig for bits of colored glass -
mud in my ass.
A share of nothing there -
dead on my feet.
Note: Ratna Dweepa (Island of Jewels) is the Sanskrit nickname for the island of Sri Lanka. The wide variety of gems found on the island have been mined for at least 2500 years. For the most part, the mining process has remained unchanged. Even today, most mines are small, community efforts. Miners work from dawn to dusk in exchange for food and an eventual 3% share of any stones found.
For Margaret's prompt at Real Toads