four Jonestown senryu

On Nov. 18, 1978, Jim Jones led a mass suicide; that day, bodies covered the Jonestown compound.

four Jonestown senryu

nineteen seventy eight

he had a cult following
parishioner draft

wanderlust stragg’lers
remnants of religious freaks
keep away from them!

deep in rain forest
drafted into cult of war
together leave earth


Written for:

Sensational Haiku Wednesday

This week’s theme is:  draft
Also written for:

February 25th – Theme or Word: Cult Form: – Haiku Structure: – 3-5-3

Also posted on:

haiku my heart

Photos credits: Wall Street Journal Online

About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on February 23, 2012, in Haiku Heights, haiku my heart, The Haiku Challenge and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Well done. Still gives me shivers to think about.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  2. The bodies were taken home on a C-5A Galaxy & were processed @ Dover AFB, DE.

  3. Made my flesh creep – that’s a compliment, by the way.

  4. Such a dark episode. Very well painted in your senryu.

  5. That was sad story…..but you penned it beautifully!


  6. This is a chilling tale of the horrors of the cult ~

    Nice one ~

  7. It was a terrible tragedy. Thank you for remembering…

    Virgin’s cult

  8. Is it a true stroy..? You have narrated it well..

  9. For some reason — when I do think of cult – Jim Jones always comes to mind … thank you for choosing and sharing ~~ Here is my Day 25.

  10. You’ve described this tragedy without mawkishness – very well written – what a terrible waste of life.

  11. The phrase “parishioner draft” brought to my mind a double meaning. A draft of beer…a draft of poison…drawn (drafted) by a parishioner. *shudder*

  12. sad story Zongrik.. Loved your take on the prompt..

  13. Life… so precious. Your words and image have so many powerful layers.

  14. It’s giving me the chills

  15. another great write and another tragedy not to be forgotten.

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