They’re hammering on
The roof of my

They’re hammering
The men
The women
The workers
The angels

They’re hammering
Wanting me to open
The sky light
And let them

Garrett Lambrev
June 1983

(This poem is from Dogstar and Poems from Other Planets, a collection of poetry written by Garrett Lambrev from 1964, before he was a member of Peoples Temple, through 1989. “The Final Punchline,” another poem from the same book, appears here.

(Garrett is a frequent contributor to the jonestown report. His other articles in this year’s edition are My friend Teresa King: From the Avenue of the Fleas to Jonestown and Coming Out a Second Time. His complete collection of articles for this site appears here. He can be reached at garrett1926@comcast.net .)