Saturday, April 8, 2017

Someone Left Behind to Billy On Sesame Street 
They searched for one of a kind 
Billy searches for kindness and compassion 


Someone Left Behind (Martin verse) 

They searched but they just couldn’t find
That someone who they left behind
Who helped them when they were so blind
He truly was one of a kind
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He taught them a new way to be
A pathway to new clarity
A dream from their past memory
That now has this chance to be free
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Such wonders again they did find
This world of a child’s clarity
Where kisses were not memory
And every word was purely kind
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Rejoicing in how can this be
Their troubles were so far behind
They wondered why they were so blind
So blind but alas never free
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They saw he was not of their kind
So towards him they all became blind
Till once again they fell behind
They searched but they just couldn’t find 


They thought they had found the answer, but they were reclaimed by the blindness of status quo in this Martin verse. Martin verse uses five stanzas of four lines each. Though a meter is desirable, it is not essential. Once the eight words are selected they should not be changed.  The first two stanzas introduce the eight words. The third and fourth stanzas mix the words of the first two stanzas. The fifth stanza uses the words of the first stanza, in reverse order. 

This poem was more of of warning than what Arlene and I went through. The Masons is a fraternal organization. My job at Chevron was to "think outside the box". I am a trained stage performer. All these things and Arlene made me the right person in the right time. When I joined the Masons, I was picked up by a mentor, Jake, who guided me to my many successes. Personally visiting the sick and shut in was Jake's idea. Jake got me one of the Bay Area's top ritualists to be my personal teacher. Over the next six years I would set every word of Masonry to memory. My talent and Jake got me a spot on the line of officers, a seven year commitment. Ernie Bluer called for a rejuvenation over the seven years I was to serve. In my third year, Arlene came up with an idea: Maybe more men would attend the meetings if the ladies had some activities at the same time. This idea was so successful other Lodges adopted it also. After we were assigned to put together Lodge parties, Arlene and I searched to bring back members the  Lodge had lost to other organizations. Our dancing and success at parties made us welcome guests. Rather than taking away members, we came up with a better idea: Working together we can do so much more. This thinking was introduced into the family of Bay Area Masons. From this came a surprising offshoot. When a man wanted to join Freemasonry, we could make sure that man joined a Lodge in which he would be most active. A new way of instructing candidates was created. Rather than one man working with one mentor, men and Lodges could work together, in a school setting, with many teachers. Attendees and candidates were encouraged to give their opinions. which helped the fraternity grow. Yes, I was the right person in the right time.

Believe it or not we all make or cause changes. Life (all life) is a vast ocean and we are a lifetime of drops. What is drop, even a lifetime of drops, compared to the ocean? What if the ocean was the Indian ocean or the Mediterranean Sea? What if our life was a major rain or part of a long season(s) of rains? What if the ocean was drying up or never existed? Let's put aside the excuse: "We can't." The fact is: Most of the time, we can. One of our big obstacles is taking on too many things. The fewer our projects, the bigger change we will bring about. Believe there are others of like thinking. People who know how to work together are a wonder. What I'm alluding to: There are two people. Working together they become so much more (than two individuals). Know the power of positive. Use it to our advantage. With this thinking, how can we lose? We can only succeed. The world is changed because we are/were here. Taste the seasoning we add to life and Enjoy.


Need some more inspiration: The Piano Guys "Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends" 

What do cookies have to do with kindness and compassion 


Sesame Street was almost called 123 Avenue B, but it was changed due to the fact that it was a real New York City address. Billy Eichner, of Billy on the Street (a comedy game show) has come to Sesame Street looking for a little kindness and compassion. He is armed with cookies and has the Cookie Monster to assist him. 
Do we see a problem? "Billy on the Sesame Street" 


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34 comments:

  1. Every journey begins with a single step. And kindness should be spread like confetti.
    I have learned (slowly) that many of my 'can'ts' are more accurately 'won'ts', and that when I think I can't I need to look at why. And it is often fear.

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    1. ...and thus we proceed ahead, spreading the joy of "We were here."
      Thank you for sharing your wise thoughts.

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  2. A truly wonderful poem with the message oh so evident coming across.
    Thanks for sharing Martin.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you for all the sunshine you spread

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  3. Can creates change indeed, even just with one person and then that person can and spans out from there. Taking on too much sure can screw with one too, change not in a good way.

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    1. Every person creates change. It is fulfillment which is the question that must be addressed.
      Thank you for all you do there at your zoo

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  4. What a beautiful and thought provoking poem. I like your positive message in your post as well.

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    1. Thank you.I'm so glad you were drawn in and enjoyed

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  5. That is a lovely poem.
    They searched but couldn't find - because they too were blind!

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  6. Just looking in to say a quick hi. Will be catching up with you as and when I can :) Thank you for all the support at my A-Z. Much appreciated!

    Best always,
    Nilanjana

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    1. Thank you fir stopping by,
      Your doing great!

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  7. Hello, Great poem and message! You were an asset to the Mason's. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you. I may be an egotist, but the truth is I was the right person at the right time.
      You have a great day

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  8. SO MUCH here! The treasure of your examined and well lived years (so far). Well achieving what I too try to put out there. I see you, and appreciate the privilege. Glad we've met.

    "People who know how to work together are a wonder. What I'm alluding to: There are two people. Working together they become so much more (than two individuals). Know the power of positive. Use it to our advantage. With this thinking, how can we lose? We can only succeed. The world is changed because we are/were here. Taste the seasoning we add to life and Enjoy."

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    1. Thank you so much for the fond words. Know that there are many working (successfully) for our betterment.

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  9. Maybe more men would attend the meetings if
    the ladies had some activities at the same time.

    This is true on many occasions. The support of the ladies can be most useful

    Hank

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    1. Shhh. Don't tell anyone, female Masons are popping up in the fraternity.
      Thank you for everything

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  10. I think it's true for men. Nice to read you, Martin! What a fun entertainment at your blog! :)

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    1. Thank you. I'm happy that you enjoyed it.
      Look forward to see more of you.

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  11. We are all drops, but, collectively we can become a sea of wonder. I think fear holds people back from greater achievements. Maybe, the dream is like a puzzle and needs to be put in place piece by piece,

    Another special Martin poem :)

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    1. Exactly. Knowing this gives us strength. Dreams can be puzzles.
      Thank you for all the wonder you bring

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  12. I so appreciate and agree with your inspirational messages. When we're gone to the great what-comes-after , what we leave behind are bits of ourselves left in the memory of lives we've touched along the way. You say it best!

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    1. Indeed. I have seen my legacies as proof of what you're saying.
      Thank you for the inspiration you have brought me.

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  13. I so enjoy rhyming done well, and you have nailed it in this poem. An interesting post.

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    1. Thank you for the enthusiastic compliment

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  14. I always enjoy your notes after your poems. Loved the poem too. The rhyming and metre are a delight to read.

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    1. Thank you. I can't speak highly enough of your beauty and inspiration.

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  15. I enjoyed the narrative poem and the woven meanings in the repetitions and the long explanation of Masons--which I had believed to be male organizations. Ha! The way we shift blindness to where it can do the most harm is amazing.

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    1. Thank you. So glad that you enjoyed and for your input.
      I do appreciate all the gems on your site

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  16. very true we are drops in an ocean of life and time ,looking for our identities and there are so many who even don't know what are they looking for though.
    as drops we have the strength of our faith in our beings which give us courage to participate and contribute in the ocean .
    i got lost in this captivating music ,thank you for sharing !

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    1. Thank you. So happy I could take you away.
      I really appreciate your valuable input on this matter.

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