Monday, July 2, 2018

They All Came Just for Me

By Richard L. Jenkins

Something big is going on here. 
Or so I thought that night, 
As the Masons came to gather round 
the Great and lesser lights. 

One from here and one from there 
From places far and wide, 
They came to do, I knew not what, 
As they gathered there inside. 

But from each man I was greeted 
With a smile and voice of cheer. 
One said, so you're the candidate. 
The reason that we're here. 

I scarcely knew just what he meant, 
For this was my first degree. 
There must be much for them to do 
Before they got to me. 

Surely these guys would not travel 
for the sake of just one man. 
Yes, there must be much for them to do, 
Before my part began. 

The Brother Tiler was my company 
As I waited at the door 
To step into this brand new realm 
I had not known before. 

They shared with me the three Great Lights 
and some tools of the trade, 
That I might learn a thing or two 
of how a man be better made. 

When at last I had been seated 
In this brotherhood of men 
The Master then began to bring 
The meeting to an end. 

And with all things then completed, 
They stayed a little more, 
To eat and drink and share a laugh 
Before heading toward the door. 

But as we left I understood 
And then began to see. 
That they all came for one reason. 
They all came just for me. 

Dear brothers I pray every lodge 
Will make new ones like me, 
Feel as welcome as these brothers did, 
When they held my First Degree

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