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Am I A Builder?

Author Unknown

I watched them tearing a building down,
A gang of men in a busy town.

With a ho-heave-ho and a lusty yell,
They swung a beam and the sides fell.

I asked the foreman, Are these men skilled
And the kind you would hire, if you had to build?

And 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 other builders have taken a year to do.

And I thought to myself as I went my way,
Which of these roles have I tried to play?

Am I a builder that works with care,
Measuring life by the rule and square.

Am I shaping my deeds to 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.
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