The candidate

Discussion in 'Poetry and Words of Wisdom' started by david918, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. david918

    david918 Premium Member

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    > THE CANDIDATE
    > by RW Alan R. Heath
    >
    > It was his dream to become a Mason,
    > Though he wasn't sure quite why.
    > So he made an application,
    > Then waited months for a reply.
    >
    > No committee came to pay a call,
    > To meet him and his wife,
    > No invitation to Mason's hall;
    > Nor offer of advice.
    >
    > Finally a postcard in the mail,
    > Said, "come Monday night at six,
    > And bring us twenty dollars,
    > If you want to see our tricks."
    >
    > He made that solitary journey,
    > And entered by the door,
    > But not one hand was offered,
    > As he slowly crossed the floor.
    >
    > They fed him beans and hot dogs,
    > And a piece of apple pie,
    > Then lead him to a little room,
    > With no explanation why.
    >
    > The work was done with care and skill,
    > No one could argue that.
    > But, the candidate was forgotten,
    > As they patted themselves on the back.
    >
    > He came to the lodge hall two more times,
    > And was raised to the third degree.
    > That was the last time they saw him.
    > What could the trouble be?
    >
    > They scratched their heads and wondered,
    > As again they cried and moaned,
    > "Our time has all been wasted!"
    > "We should have stayed at home."
    >
    > It seems to me that they've missed the point,
    > But they need to understand.
    > It's not just how well you do the work,
    > It's how you treat the man.
    >
    > Because you can only be a Mason,
    > When you're a Mason in your heart;
    > And along with his jacket seams,
    > They had burst his dream apart.
    >
    > So, if you get an application,
    > Please, call on that man at once.
    > Invite him and his family,
    > To tour your hall and share some lunch.
    >
    > Answer all his questions,
    > Let him share your pride.
    > A Mason's work, is honest work;
    > That's not a secret to hide.
    >
    > And when it's time to present him,
    > With the gift of a degree,
    > Remember, genuine friendship is,
    > The true gift of masonry.
    >
    > Pick him up and take him home.
    > Isn't he worth the trip?
    > No candidate should come alone.
    > Please, don't ignore this tip.
    >
    > All should rush to greet him,
    > As he enters by your door.
    > Extend your hand in friendship,
    > That's what a Mason's grip is for.
    >
    > And remember your obligation,
    > As you lead him to the gate.
    > It's up to you to guide him through,
    > Not to hurt or humiliate.
    >
    > Now armed with proper instruction,
    > Masonry's door will open wide,
    > Thanks to you, his best example,
    > Of what a Mason should be inside.
    >
    > And thank him sincerely for coming.
    > Invite him back to his new home.
    > For a brother will not be a brother,
    > If he feels unwelcome and alone.
    >
     
  2. Raven

    Raven Registered User

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    Thank you for posting this, Brother!
    I haven't seen this in a long time and it is a humble reminder.
     
  3. RedTemplar

    RedTemplar Johnny Joe Combs Premium Member

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    Thanks, Brother David, this is something to be shared at lodge for sure.
     

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