Wednesday, March 20, 2013

365 Jobs: Or They Will Destroy

Adirondack Sketches

Or They Will Destroy

You must learn the appetite of insects,
the temper of trees,
the sex life of local fungus.
Or they will destroy.
Know the weight of snow,
the force of frost,
the humor of stone, the habits of soil,
even the chemistry of the local air.
Or they will destroy.
Talk to people.
Customs are the accumulated wisdom of a place.
Respect the very soul of these folk, this land.
Or they will destroy you
as they should.

I learned this lesson in the Adirondacks, but it's true everywhere.  Construction is local.

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