1969 Cult Mentality: Charles Manson is asking you to “leave a sign… something witchy” at the scene of the crime. You listen because you believe he is Jesus. You smear the word “Pig” across the door.
1978 Cult Mentality: Jim Jones is asking you to drink grape Kool-Aid infused with cyanide. You do this because you have been convinced that he is “Christ the Revolution.” You inject your child with the toxin before gulping it down.
1997 Cult Mentality: Marshall Applewhite* is asking you to tie a plastic bag around your head after you consume a mixture of phenobarbital, applesauce, and *****. You do this because you believe dying will take you to the spacecraft flying behind Comet Hale-Bopp. You make sure you have a five dollar bill and three quarters in your pocket for the interplanetary toll.
written to my foundations of creative writing course. prompt: five lines, five words, but I later edited it after I turned it in and this is the final.
Ole Hunchback Got a right Royal burial; That smiling villain's bones Bleached black-blonde In underground parking. Exhumed and parlayed For over two years; Confirmed to be he Who caused a Queen To cry vats of tears For the Tower boys. Poor Anne dropped her hankie. His horse-drawn caisson Is a subterfuge, A distraction to veil Civil dissatisfaction. He finally got his horse, And we get the droppings. And I see Cromwell Standing beside Churhill And Charles ouside Westminster. Perhaps Manson Will be busted In Poet's Corner.
Manson's singing soaking them with the silken sound of *** His throat tearing with sweat and blood The way you'd like your fabric skin torn away As he pours a flood of need down your throat and legs You want to beg for mercy and more Beg until your body is sore with the pill of a breath The sound of his pain makes you feel bereft and touched too much not enough don't stop
His voice grabs the audience's crotch Be obsene
"Light a candle for the sinners" "Light a fire"
You could burn a country with this audience's desire