“Prophecy”: A New Poem by Jerry Long

While I don’t agree with its message, I am deeply impressed with the power of the poem “Prophecy” by Gerald Long, a friend of mine from my high school days in Salt Lake City. Jerry is a significant poet and an insightful person in many ways. I am grateful to have his permission to share this poem on my site. Please share your comments here.

By | 2016-10-24T05:58:02+00:00 July 6th, 2006|Categories: Poetry|4 Comments

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Jeff Lindsay, the Sheik of Shake Well, is an ordinary guy posing as another ordinary guy formerly from Appleton, Wisconsin, now living in Shanghai, China.

4 Comments

  1. Zone2 July 6, 2006 at 9:37 pm

    So lonely! A powerful poem, you are right. Maybe goes too far, even for one who accepts the atheistic view. But nicely written, to be sure.

  2. Myndi Anjuli August 4, 2006 at 5:27 pm

    Brilliant poem… Genuine and unique voice. He has written a poem that equals Ginsberg’s “America” or Bly’s “The Teeth Mother Naked At Last” . It resonates with the power of the Old Testament. It’s a spooky, compelling and eerie description of our time.

  3. Phoebe Lindsay August 5, 2006 at 8:25 pm

    This poem was extremely depressing and very disturbing if it was written by someone who is LDS. And no, I am not related to Jeff Lindsay.

  4. wtkeeney March 20, 2007 at 8:54 am

    Well, you nailed it Jeff. Aboslutely brilliant and powerfully written.
    I could feel the desperation and longing as I read. I hope it wasn’t written from his personal perspective though, but maybe from the perspective of a non-believer. Either way, it’s so brilliant— and so WRONG! There’s a little “oxymoronism” for you.
    Despite his clear knowledge of science, philosophy and religion, he’s been left with nothing and, as he states is, “alone”. The poem is clearly a demonstration in his disbelief or serious cynicism of existence of God and of prophecy. Ironically though, his feelings and beliefs (or lack there of) were PROPHESIED by Paul in Timothy 3:
    ” 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
    2 For men shall be…proud, blasphemers…unthankful, unholy…false accusers, heady, highminded… 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof…. 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. ”
    My heart aches for him.

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