“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 | 2017-12-25T07:28:22+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.


  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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