Līgo Haībun 220w: Not God’s, but People’s Temple

It’s time for the Līgo Haībun 220w challenge, where the prompt is “South America.” For some reason I was drawn to a dark bit of history from the northeastern area of that continent, going back to 1978. I call this “Not God’s, but People’s Temple:”

Had I not hidden properly, I would have been number 915. I saw them coming with the cups and knew that the whispered rumors were about to come to pass; I’d heard the gunshots down at the strip and saw the first of the children fall. I was determined not to be one of them. I managed to sneak out before the reporters and the soldiers got there and survived on the streets until I was able to get out of the country. I have not spoken of this for many years, but since my time is short I thought to set it down to you. It was a terrible time but one that, in the end, drew me closer to the Lord: the real One, that is.

Faith and heart are soft.

Be careful you follow the

One and only God.

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    1. Yes, Anne. I remember it from the news; it was so sad and marked the first time I realized just how far people can go to twist the message of a particular faith.

    1. Thanks, Björn! I tend to think about Guyana/Jonestown first whenever I consider South America. Sad, but true; when I told my husband about the prompt, his first comments were “Brazil! Rio!” He’s such a percussionist 🙂

    1. Thank you, kz…such a sad commentary. I don’t want to give press to individuals who cause pain, but rather want to remember the innocents (and innocence) lost.