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Wreckers or Builders

Wreckers or Builders

 

I watched them tearing a building down,
a gang of men in a busy town.
With a ho-heave-ho and lusty yell,
they swung a beam and a sidewall fell.
I asked the foreman, "Are these men skilled,
as the men you'd hire if you had to build?"
He gave me a laugh and said, "No indeed!
Just common labour is all I need.
I can easily wreck in a day or two
what builders have taken a year to do."
And I tho't to myself as I went my way,
which of these two roles have I tried to play?
Am I a builder who works with care,
measuring life by the rule and square?
Am I shaping my deeds by a well-made plan,
patiently doing the best I can?
Or am I a wrecker, who walks the town,
content with the labour of tearing down?

 

-- Unknown

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