Construction workers are notoriously slow at getting the job done, even more so if Bill Murray is standing around reading them poetry while they're trying to work.

The actor donned a hard hat and went to the site of New York's Poets House (the US's premiere poetry library) in May of 2009, and then read poetry to the workers building the organization's new location. His captive audience looked both bemused and confused about the whole thing, especially when Murray invited them to come up and read some of their own work.

Somehow, even Emily Dickinson's words are made cheerier when Murray reads them, so the workers probably didn't mind that they had to listen to poetry instead of, you know, actually doing what they were paid to do.

We're really glad this was counted as the site's first official poetry reading.

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