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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 labor 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 labor of tearing down?

 

 

-- Unknown

 


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