Am I A Builder?

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  1. davidterrell80

    davidterrell80 Past Master Premium Member

    Am I A Builder?

    The true title and author of this piece are unknown. However, this verse was quoted by M:W: Dean C. Mabry, the Grand Master of Colorado, in his address to the 111th Annual Communication of the G.L. of Colorado AF&AM, January 24th and 25th, 1972.

    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 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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