Tuesday, January 1, 2008

The Builder by Willard Wattles

Smoothing a cypress beam
With a scarred hand,
I saw a carpenter
In a far land.

Down past the flat roofs
Poured the white sun;
But still he bent his back,
The patient one.

And I paused surprised
In that queer place
To find an old man
With a haunting face.

"Who art thou, carpenter,
Of the bowed head;
And what buildest thou?"
"Heaven," he said.


  1. Willard Wattles was my grandfather-- and I haven't seen his poems since I was little. Amazing to find them on the internet!

    And how many of us are trying to build heaven, I wonder?