THE BUILDER

I saw them tearing a building down

A team of men in my hometown.

With a heave and a ho and a yes yes yell,

they swung a beam and a sidewall fell.

And I said to the foreman, “Are these men skilled?”

“Like the ones you’d use if you had to build?”

And he laughed and said, “Oh no, indeed…

the most common labor is all I need…

for I can destroy in a day or two

what takes a builder ten years to do.”

So I thought to myself as I went on my way…

Which one of these roles am I willing to play?

Am I one who is tearing down as I carelessly make my way around?

Or am I one who builds with care, in order to make the world a

little better… because I was there?

 

This was an inspiration poem found and read by Ms. Jessica Barrett, Barrett Plumbing during the August General Membership Meeting.  Thanks Jessica for sharing.