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Monday poem- “With fury poured out”

With fury poured out

They say the jury is out
But as His fury pours out
God disagrees…

Nature crafts
With fury poured out,
I sit inside and wait for the weather.
Aggressively beautiful
This rain does more
Than any genius in his lab or
Other type of work.
The rain stops and I go outside,
I breathe in the air
And newness holds me there.
My senses are engaged,
My patience has been paid
And I now hold onto
This priceless precious wage-
The air I share with now,
Too valuable to gauge.

The jury is out
Is what we get told
But with fury poured out
The verdict is gold.

Island Diary: Kids book

Starring: Vera Flight

My mum reading a book to the children at our accommodation in Kauai. The book was published and bought in Hawaii and I can’t remember the name.

January 2012

Monday Poem: “Convict love token”

Convict love token

Taken by force
From where I loved,
I sang to you for the last time-
“God save the man…”,
they forced me out of view.

Watching the sun,
through smoggy screens,
I thought of you on the last night,
“God save the man…”,
I forced myself to pray.

Resting my eyes.
The final night
of my wretched life.
“God save the man…”
you force me to have hope.

Review: Escape by Carolyn Jessop

I love reading autobiographies. It’s been a while now since I read the last one I read. I was actually perusing a second hand book shops when I found “Escape” by Carolyn Jessop and bought it on a whim for twelve dollars. Once I began reading it I quickly realised I had heard interviews with Carolyn before and had this book recommended to me by others. Now that I have read it I understand why it has made the impact it has.

Carolyn Jessop was born into a polygamist cult called the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS), and she lived the first 35 years of her life with that worldview before escaping with her 8 children. The book depicts life as a woman within this cult, detailing marriage, faith, family and relationships from Carolyn’s perspective.

The FLDS broke away from the Mormon church, holding to the notion that polygamy is a must for anyone who wishing to reach heaven. Men often have a minimum of three wives, and the upper echelons of the cult often have more. The cult leader (a false prophet) claims to receive a message from God about who people are required to marry. Women are treated like products.

After being born into the religion and Carolyn grew up in a community where everyone in the whole town believed and practiced the cult’s beliefs. When she was just eighteen she was made to marry fifty-five year old man named Merril Jessop. She became his fourth wife. He eventually had twelve or more wives and more than fifty children. Carolyn had eight children to Merril. She details in the book that during her fifteen years of marriage to Merril she suffered continuous psychological and physical abuse at the hands of her husband and his other wives. She suggests that this is normal within the FLDS community. Carolyn eventually came to see the hypocrisy and dangers of the cult she was a part of, and decided that she needed to escape it with her children before they were forced to undergo the same life she had (not an easy thing to do). Almost Orwellian in nature, the close community is highly guarded and even the police officers are members of the cult. Carolyn was the first woman to escape the FLDS with her children.

This book is gives an insight into this bizarre cult and it blows my mind that such a community exists in a western country. This is a western country today, not some tribe four thousand years ago, it is still occurring TODAY. The FLDS is one of many cults that treat human beings like commodities. I was shocked at the power over people that the leaders of this religion seem to have.

There are so many fascinating elements of this book including the dynamics within the religion, interactions with the outside world and how religion can be used to manipulate people. Probably one of the most interesting elements of the book for me personally is how something like this cult can occur, along with the abuses that go on within it, without anybody speaking up. In one part of the book a woman is forced to saw a cows head off while it is still alive in front of a group of parents and children, in another part a woman’s hair is pulled from her head as a sermon illustration. Children are married off to elderly men, the colour red is banned, and elderly women or teenage boys are excommunicated and left penniless and education-less on the sides of highways. While the FLDS is an evil, manipulative system and not a religion, the book shows the dangers of one person being in control of many and how power corrupts.

Carolyn Jessop is an incredibly brave woman, and her heroic endurance and escape are a testimony to the love of a mother and will of an independent thinker. I am looking forward to reading “Triumph”, which furthers the story by detailing Carolyn’s involvement with a government raid on the FLDS compound in 2008. I highly recommend “Escape” by Carolyn Jessop as a disturbing eye-opener that shows there is hope for anyone.