Wreckers or Builders

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 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?

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