365 Days of Poetry: Day Two-Hundred and Fifteen

if Jonestown had powerlines.
how many shoes would you see?
hanging on them in effigy.
at Mr. Jones’ hypocrisy.

there weren’t gangs in the streets.
but what price for peace?
life in the shadow.
of a drug soaked man.

you get what you pay for.
who doesn’t want utopia?
but the answer ain’t tyranny.
afraid of what you cannot see.

take the shoes off the line.
and count how many died.
kids who took the poison.
for their parents’ pride.

take the shoes off the line.
and know that they all cried.
laying down for vengance.
laying down for lies.

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About June Faramore

Writer of fantasy, mainstream, and young adult fiction. Poet and sketcher. Mother. I read a lot and love cheese. Guitar playing singer-songwriter. I also enjoy stepping on the cracks in the sidewalk. View all posts by June Faramore

2 responses to “365 Days of Poetry: Day Two-Hundred and Fifteen

  • cjcasey

    I like the blank verse style applied to this very rhythmic poem. Nice comparison of Jonestown to modern life as well.

    • June Faramore

      I need to post the picture I did with this one. Thanks. Sometimes I think I am a morbid crazy for being so obsessed with Jonestown, but I think the whole story is a great study on why people do what they do, if nothing else.

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