A MASON AND A MAN
My Brother, Masonry means much more,
than the wearing of a pin.
Or carrying a paid-up dues receipt,
So the Lodge will let you in.
You wear an emblem on your coat,
from your finger flash a ring.
But if you’re not sincere at heart
this does not mean a thing.
It’s merely an outward sign to show,
the world that you belong.
to this great fraternal brotherhood,
That teaches right from wrong.
What really counts lies buried deep,
within the human breast.
The Masonic teachings brings it out,
and puts it to the test.
If you practice out of Lodge,
the things you learn within.
Be just and upright to yourself,
and your fellowmen.
Console a brother when he’s sick,
and assist him when in need.
Without thought of personal reward,
for any act or deed.
Walk and act is such a way,
that the world without can see.
That only the best can meet the test,
laid down by Masonry.
Be faithful to your trust,
and do the best you can –
Then you can proudly tell the world,
your’re a Mason and a Man.
This poem was penned by a Brother C. E. Reynolds and thought I’d share.