Are We Builders or Wreckers?

The Wreckers by Carmelo Benvega

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 a side wall fell.

I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled,

And the men you’d hire if you had to build?”

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 builders have taken a year to do!”


I thought to myself as I went my way,

Which of these 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?