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  • Jones Family Memorabilia Collection, 1962-2002

Poem by Lynetta Putnam Jones

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Poem by Lynetta Putnam Jones, mother of Jim Jones
This poem by Lynetta Putnam Jones, mother of James Warren "Jim" Jones, was typed on letter paper, with a sticky note attached in the upper left that reads: "For Steve from Grandmother JONES."
The text of the poem is as follows:

Lynetta Jones
For Stephan G. Jones
Folks say he tips the bottle, Alas! and Alack!
When last I saw him I swear it tipped him back.
He fell off the bar stool... rolled down the isle aways
Seemed to me the poor soul was in a sort of daze.
His mate looked kind of kittenish, but I'm tellin' you that
She fell upon her addled prey and mauled him like a cat.
"Saints Preserve us," the barkeep shrieked "'Tis every Sat'y night
Then lolly-gaggin' so-and-sos come in HERE to fight."
"Don't be callin' on the Saints--Gus," said Pius Pappy Gillin,
"Get that hen-huzz off's him or theys gonna be a killin'."
"Shet up pappy," Gus replied, "you know I hurries--NEVER,
They hain't a soul down here below that can AFFORD to LIVE FOREVER."
Poetry; Lynetta Jones; Poems; 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-0516-01-003; MS-0516-01-005; MS-0516-01-006
  • 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
24.14 MB