A-Z: Ozark

They moved to a mountain to be closer to God,
leaving behind the world with a nod;
no luggage or baggage, no worldly possession,
virtue their only goal of obsession.
Back to basics, souls purified;
their vision of heaven sanctified.
Seeking perfection through self-sacrifice,
surrender their key to paradise.
They welcome others into the fold,
who eagerly believe whatever they’re told.
A preacher, a teacher, a prophet, a sage;
the blending of spirits he hopes to engage.
He calls to all, a message to preach,
their trusting souls in evil’s reach.
He preys upon what they hold dear,
and in their hearts, he strikes pure fear.
“One for all, and all for me;
only my truth will set you free.
Do what I do, do as I say;
the rewards you seek you’ll receive today.”
They didn’t find God in the man on the hill,
they didn’t gain heaven by doing man’s will.
He laid them down in one final control;
his kingdom bought with their mortal soul.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

Life is a journey, a mission of mysteries. We all seek purpose and meaning in our own journey. As a teen, I had friends who left family behind to join communes in hopes of finding a purpose. Some of these communities were of a spiritual nature. Others seemed to attract lost bodies and minds. I was intrigued by the idea of people coming together for common goals. However, I was very cautious about the actual reasons.

It was about this time that the Jonestown tragedy hit the news. There have been other communes that have come to similar catastrophic ends. Ruby Ridge, Waco, and Heaven’s Gate were sadly misguided groups of people who seem to have never found meaning.

I never heard from my friends who set out to find purpose in an unknown community. I hope and pray that they found real answers, and that they are safe in body and spirit.


“My Writeful Heart”:
A= Acknowledgments
B= Believe
C= Camouflage
D= The Drought
E= Exist
F= Final Departure
G= The Guardian
H= The Horologist
I= Impasse
J= Joseph
K= Knowing
L= The Loan
M= Mirror
N= Number

26 thoughts on “A-Z: Ozark

  1. Some people are desperate to find meaning….I remember Jonestown and how horrific it was that so many felt it was “the way”. They did not find what their faith sought but rather a tragedy of epic proportion. I hope your friends TRULY found what they were looking for instead of what some of these groups guided their followers to………..

    Hugs, Pam

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  2. As soon as I started to read this great poem, I immediately thought of Jonestown. I’m glad that you didn’t join your friend in their search for meaning in their life. I hope your friends found their right path in the end.
    Hugs, Julia

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  3. Wow! I’ve never known anyone who did this. However, an SIL of mine was a cult of personality whose instability ended up estranging our family from my one brother and nieces. She and he divorced a few years after that, and he got custody of their three daughters, but we’ve never been in contact. I’ve decided that if God wants the rift to heal, I’ll go with whatever happens. So far, my brother hasn’t dared reach out to me and SO and I are fine with that. My brother didn’t even come to our mother’s memorial service, which may have been for the best. ~shrugs~ I wish all the best to your friends and my family. That’s all we can really do, eh? ~hugs~ I hope you and yours are doing well!

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  4. Yes and most of these that say do as I do and say were in it for the money. Many. I never felt that needy to join one of these places. I know people that need to be lead by the hand in everything they do. Very sad to watch. Very artfully done.

    Have a fabulous day, Annie. Big healing hugs. ♥

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  5. Very well done. Sadly, it’s not only what we think of as separated from society cults that alienate people from their families. There are small, fanatical “churches” right in the middle of town that all but force people to renounce their “unbelieving” family members. It’s very sad.

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  6. It makes me so sad that some people take advantage of those who are searching for meaning, and trying to find their way. 😦


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