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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Builder
By Willard Wattles
 
From “On the Road”

SMOOTHING a cypress beam
  With a scarred hand
I saw a carpenter
  In a far land.
 
Down past the flat roofs        5
  Poured the white sun;
But still he bent his back,
  The patient one.
 
And I paused surprised
  In that queer place        10
To find an old man
  With a haunting face.
 
“Who art thou, carpenter
  Of the bowed head;
And what buildest thou?”        15
  “Heaven,” he said.
 
 
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