This graveyard stands above a worked-out pit.
Subsidence makes the obelisks all list.

from Tony Harrison – V on Rap Genius

Meaning

Due to the pit being dug, the graveyard has no solid foundation on which to stand. “Subsidence” is the shifting of the earth downward in response to the lack of foundation.

And in the land slanting, so the graves' obelisks all “list,” or tilt, along with it. Watch out, Leaning Tower of Pisa—you got some competition!

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