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  • Jones Family Memorabilia Collection, 1962-2002

Poem by Lynetta Putnam Jones, 1968

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Poem by Lynetta Putnam Jones, written for grandson Stephan Jones, 1968
October 1968
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A poem by Lynetta Putnam Jones, written for her grandson, Stephan Gandhi Jones, is typed on standard, letter-sized paper and reads as follows:

To: Steve
Oct. 1968


I like to slice the silence that pins us down, anon,
And ring up the curtain on OUR friendly times agone.
So, I up-and-at-it and all of the sudden, then
It is as if the silence had NEVER..NEVER been.

The snows of Indiana are a driftin' in the street
An' ol' Wilbur, dam 'im, is a cuttin' off the heat.
Ol' P.C. is hecklin' me for Unioneerin', too,
And that woman in the dress shop don't deserve a gal like you.

But we haven't got a worry in your parlor.. so cozy-neat
'Cept the groanin' of our muscles and the achin' of our feet.
'Taint a time for sobbin' or, for rains or rueful tears
So we take it out in talkin'...rememberin' other years....

When winds ('twould seem) blew softer and the nights were bright with stars
And youth was blazing in us like a thousand forest fires.
OUR WORLD was clothed in MAGIC, THEN..all good and never bad
And nothing ever happened to disperse the happy glad.

Then the fates rigged up that joke on US and snatched us far apart
But the could NOT snatch up that memory..that..lingered in my heart.
So I dare to slice the that pinsus down, anon,
And ring up the curtain on OUR FRIENDLY TIMES AGONE.


Grandmother J.
Poetry; Poems; Lynetta Jones; Stephan Jones
© Stephan Jones. Permission to publish has been granted the SDSU Library
  • Jones Family Memorabilia Collection, 1962-2002
8.5 inches X 11 inches
MS-0516-01-002; MS-0516-01-003; MS-0516-01-005
  • San Diego State University Library and Information Access, Special Collections and University Archives
James Warren Jones Family. Gift of Stephan Jones via the Jonestown Institute
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