We Are Builders

We are builders and breakers,
with a gift for creation
and the liberty to destroy.
Our monoliths of stone
have gotten complex, and turned to steel.
Our will — our entitlement complex —
pushes us ever on and on
taking and taking
filling our wood and plaster  caves
with new belongings, our spoils of battle,
to replace the old
as new memorials to this current war
replace the dusty reminders of the last.
These new trees build our new homes
and these new stones bury our old bones.

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