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CLOSING OF A LODGE - , 2013
PRESENTED TO: Terrace Bay Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 662 BY Superior Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 672
Present By: Wor. Bro Martin Bunch
Brethren I have a shot talk. Actually a poem I found on the internet. It is about the closing of a lodge in Australia written by R.W. Bro. J. Kelly of the Grand Lodge of Australia. The poem was written in two hours on the morning of a lodge going dark. R.W. Bro. Kelly presented this poem after the surrender of Torrens Park Lodge No. 112 warrant.
The poem may be about a lodge going dark. But we should take more from it than that. That being a Mason should not stop when the meeting ends or after evening of fellowship. I feel being a mason is more than how much regalia we wear. It should not matter whether we are a Past Master or Entered apprentice even a D.D.G.M. Being a mason should reflect our everyday lives. It is how we approach out family life and working life. We should try to apply the work and lessons outside the lodge and show everyone what being a mason is about. And most important we should remember that we are all Brothers.
When you take up the Working Tools to gently put aside,
Think not their work has ended, think how they were applied.
Remember well the lessons taught, to craftsmen tried and true,
Of Masons worthy of the name and apron white and blue.
When your Tracing Boards are covered and the Columns laid to rest,
Think not their teaching ended, think more a massage blessed.
Remember the special meaning to Master Masons all,
Of birth and life and learning and waiting for the call.
With the sounding of the gavel and as the lights at last go out
Think not your Lodge has ended, dispel all lingering doubt,
Masters, Wardens, Brethren, remember as you depart,
Your Lodge will live forever in every mason's heart.