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Spring Cleaning

By Neil Neddermeyer

Shcoset it's not the first time that she tried,
But this time she's going to do it it's been six months since he died.
She can smell her husband's after shave, he'd always used Old Spice
She remembers how he loved her so, and made their life so nice.
Is this what life is all about? If it is, it feels like hell
To search my husband's closet and decide if he'd done well.
If he hadn't been a Mason we'd have had a few more bucks
He would nothave bought this Shrine fez he would not have owned this tux.

I'll give his ties to our son-in-law, the suits to the corner Goodwill.
It's hard for me to remember he's gone it seems like he's with me still.
If he hadn't been a Mason would our time have been less grand?
Would I still have given my life to him when he asked me for my hand?

Here's his Masonic pocket watch every hour it would chime
When he was with his brothers, he was always home on time.
And here's his Scottish Rite ring, and here's his York Rite pin
Oh how I miss his laughter, oh how I miss his grin.

And to me a list of promises an odd thing for him to save
I think I'll ask about it, the next time I visit his grave.
He had always kept his word to me he would never cheat or lie
I thought he'd live forever, I thought he'd never die.

And here's his coded ritual with its secrets locked inside
And here's his clean white apron! We couldn't find it when he died.
And here's his dad's Masonic pin I'll keep it just in case,
So when our son is older, he might take his father's place.

I remember at the funeral his brothers held me snug -
Where are all those Masons now I could use just one more hug?
Did the fact he was a Mason make him a better man?
Did Masonic obligations make him follow some life's plan?

She was doing her spring cleaning, just like she always had,
But this year is for remembering, this year is more than sad.
Did it really make him better? It is hard to understand,
But he had become a Mason and he was a better man.
You just know she'll keep a few things his apron, that list, and his ring
And you know that she'll remember him, while cleaning every spring.
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