Tuesday, June 13, 2006

MASONIC POEM

Long Island Free Masons

Those men who help my dad each day, They wear those Mason rings. A Square and Compass set in gold, The praise of which I sing. My dad, he hurt his back you know, One cold and wintry day. He slipped and fell upon the ice, The insurance would not pay. And since that time those rings I see, On hands that help us much. With mowing lawns and hauling trash, Each day my heart they touch.

They even built a house for me, Amid our backyard tree. Where all the neighbor kids, Would play with laughter full of glee. My Mom she cried from happiness, The time the Masons came. To aid our family in distress, Without a thought of gain. And when I'm big, just like my dad, Of this it must be told. I want to wear a ring like his, A Square and Compass gold.

Long years have passed since when My dad was in that plaster cast. And since I swore that Solemn Oath, Which unites us to the last. But more than that I'm proud to say, I wear his Mason ring. The one dad wore for many years, Until his death this spring. And one last time his comrades came, To aid my weeping mother. They praised and bid a fond farewell, To our fallen Brother. And after which MY son did ask, About their Aprons white. And of the rings upon their hands. Of gold so shiny bright.

With tearful eyes I said with pride, They're men of spirit pure. Those men who wear those Mason rings, Of that you can be sure. And before he went to bed that night, The family he foretold. Someday I'll wear a ring like dad's, A Square and Compass gold.

Our thanks to Bro.Michael R. Strampe, Past Master: Lake Lodge #189 F&AMMilwaukee, Wisconsin

2 Comments:

Blogger timlarkin said...

My name is Tim Larkin, I wrote a book called King of the Middle Class. It is a must read for all Masonic Lodge members.
My Old man, Henry G. Larkin, passed this information on to me before he died in 1997. He told me a wild story.
He said; since the beginning of this great country, Free Masons have secretly protected the fragile concept of democracy.
The old man said you can trace the roots of the King of the Middle Class lifestyle all the way back to one of our founding father’s; our first president, George Washington. After the war was over, George was so popular that the gullible colonists didn’t even question his $449,261.51 (approximately $4,250,000 in today’s dollars) worth of dubious expenses. They loved him so much they were willing to throw democracy away and make him their King. A movement swept the country to elect victorious George Washington as our first King, instead of our first President. Oddly enough it was George himself who squashed this movement by rallying for the ratification of the Constitution. George gave up a lifetime of unlimited power as a King, to magnanimously protect our democracy. Four point two million dollars was a small price to pay King George for our priceless Freedom.

The old man said, once George became President, he and his Masonic lodge members continued this protection of our democracy by concocting the concept of King of the Common Class. Originally a King of the Common Class was like a rich guardian secretly living among the ranks of common people. Democracy was a relatively new concept and certain rich people felt that common people had to be protected against any one man becoming so popular, so rich and powerful that he could charismatically unite the majority of people and usurp the Constitution and become sole ruler. This is why the Constitution was devised with separation of powers, a system of shared power known as checks and balances. Power was purposely decentralized so no one branch (Executive, Legislative or Judicial) had all the power. Each branch had certain powers, and each of these powers were limited or checked by another branch. This was the cornerstone of democracy and the Kings were strategically placed among the common masses to ensure that this decentralization of power remained in tact. Initially they were protectors of democracy; rich volunteers sprinkled into the common mix, sworn to protecting the integrity of the Constitution. Nowadays, this long tradition still survives. It morphed into a whole new lifestyle of living creating a 4th class of people known as Kings/Queens of the Middle Class.

“ True Friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.”
George Washington
I would be honored to speak to any Masonic Lodge concerning this book.
Tim Larkin (631) 589-8898

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