Jasmine Terry


Never Heard A Man - Poem by Jasmine Terry

From the time a first met him I knew he was a weird little man,
Walking around with a bible in his hand,
Holding funerals for the animals he killed,
Maybe thats where all the trouble began.

When he grew up he seemed like a fine young man,
Still walking around with a bible in his hand,
He appealed to the people and got his own church,
The services came alive from the fire of his words.

And I'd never heard a man speak like this man before,
I'd never heard a man speak like this man before,
I'd never heard a man since the time I'd been born,
I 'd never heard a man speak like this man before.

Soon persecution began to come our way,
That preacher got scared and said ' let's all move away',
In 1965 we went to San Francisco,
Never knew what an indelible mark he would leave on my soul.

I wish I'd known then what would happen to us,
Before I ever set foot on that bus,
To Jonestown Guyana from '77 through '78
I never knew we would suffer such a fate.

But I'd never heard a man speak like this man before,
I'd never heard a man speak like this man before,
I'd never heard a man since the time I'd been born,
I'd never heard a man speak like this man before.

Our hopes and our dreams were put in that man,
Gave all that we had to lend a helping hand,
Never imagined what would happen in November 1978,
903 of us would die from drinking the poison kool-aid.

But we'd never heard a man speak like this man before,
We'd never heard a man speak like this man before,
We'd never heard a man since the time we'd been born,
We'd never heard a man speak like this man before.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 27, 2009



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