The Entered Apprentice's Sonnet
By Thomas Nichols
To reach the order of the Third Degree,
Th’Entered Apprentice climbs the growing tower.
While Chryslers smash and bash with glee
He seeks alignment with a higher power.
But cheating while making a perfect ashlar
Angers the Masons meeting high above.
They take the remains of a mangled car,
Make dentures and insert them with a shove.
Hiram Abiff constructs two pillars high,
His hubris swelling as the building grows.
Around him green and orange ribbons fly,
Uniting man and building with their flow.
But though th’Apprentice climbs both men shall fall
With death from blows to heads from spire and maul.