I. M. Jenkins|
This poem was cited by a later editor of Mackey's
Encyclopedia as an outstanding example of Masonic Poetry.
Brotherhood, January, 1920.
No information about this poet has been found. The poem has been reprinted several times, sometimes with the author listed as I.M. Jenkins, sometimes as J.M. Jenkins. Genealogy searches turned up several J.M. Jenkins, but none that could be identified with the author of this poem; but no I.M. Jenkins at all, so the alliterative J.M. initals at least seem most likely. The poems was reportedly printed in the magazine "Brotherhood" in 1920, Searching the Internet turned up many references to "50s Brotherhood Magazine," an Australian biker's publication; numerous Jewish and Muslim magazines named "Brotherhood," and the only one approaching any connection with Masonry, a Theosophical magazine named "Universal Brotherhood," which seems to have ceased publication in 1903.