America’s Most Mysterious Monument

The first of the anonymously funded Georgia Guidestone’s
“Maintain humanity under 500,000,000”

“The world population is over 8,000 million. According to the
Georgia Guidestones, this figure needs to be reduced to
500 million. In other words, the population needs to be
reduced by 95%—15 of every 16 people are marked for death.
If you ignore this warning, you’re whistling past the graveyard.”
—Mike Bryant.

We’ve witnessed many monuments pulled down—
These desecrated relics of the past
Have littered streets in every torn-down town
To whoops of victory from mouths that cast
Our history to the gaping jaws of hell.
We’ve heard protesters roar their peaceful yell.

Today The Georgia Guidestones felt a blow—
A blast that blew the granite from its spot
And dashed grim words to rubble— words that show
The Reaper with his scythe is hot to trot
And trim the population down to size—
A monolithic vision from the wise.

Who are these sages waging war on breath?
Should anyone play God with people’s lives?
Who is the scribe who’s recommending death?
Who’s honoring these words and honing knives?
I have my thoughts for what my thoughts are worth—
This bombshell answer didn’t come from Earth.



Susan Jarvis Bryant has poetry published on Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, Light, Sparks of Calliope, and Expansive Poetry Online. She also has poetry published in TRINACRIA, Beth Houston’s Extreme Formal Poems anthology, and in Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets in the UK). Susan is the winner of the 2020 International SCP Poetry Competition, and has been nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize.

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51 Responses

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Thank you, Evan! Maybe the origins of this bolt from the blue will remain as mysterious as the sinister Guidestones.

  1. Paul Freeman

    Interesting. Never heard of the ‘American Stonehenge’ before.

    Of course the first famously toppled statue would be that of King George III, at Bowling Green, New York, back in 1776.

    I do like the number 7 guideline – Avoid petty laws and useless officials.

    That first guideline is chilling, though!

    Thanks for the enlightening read, Susan.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Thank you very much, Paul. I like number 7 too, but I have a feeling that the “petty laws” spoken of are the ten commandments and the “useless officials” are all those trying to uphold them. The creator of these stones wants to get away with murder… literally.

      • Jeffrey

        Hi Susan,
        I just found your work and am intrigued and thoughtful regarding the little I have read. Thank you for your thoughts.
        I am curious about this comment; it seems clear that you believe the keepers of the 10 commandments are the useless officials executing petty laws and I find that quite interesting because the commandments specifically address murder which is contra-indicated by number 1 on the guidestones.
        Personally, I find nothing wrong with the commandments and find the guidestones’ primary goal as evil (murderous and against the commandments).

        How do you explain the contra-indication of your assertion?

      • Susan Jarvis Bryant

        Thank you, Jeffrey. You have misunderstood my comment. Let me explain:
        “Avoid petty laws and useless officials” is an instruction from those behind the Guidestones. “Petty laws” from their perspective are obviously those the foundations of our legal system are built upon – Judeo Christian Law, which is based on the ten commandments. How else can one explain away the slaughter of billions of innocents… unless “thou shalt not kill” is a “petty law”? I hope this clarifies the situation. I happen to find the ten commandments a perfect guide – the Guidestones, not so much.

    • Mike Bryant

      Paul, I believe there were at least two monuments toppled before the one idolizing King George III. The monument to Helios at Rhodes was toppled by an earthquake, and the monument to human hubris at Babel was toppled by the Almighty God. Strange that the Georgia Guidestones advocate for a return to a common tongue:
      “Unite humanity with a living new language.”
      Echoes of Babel…
      Perhaps we should forget about Esperanto and learn Hebrew.

  2. Anti-KlausSchwab

    Sorry to the Bill and Melinda Foundation of Doom for their loss.

  3. jd

    Enjoyed your poem, Susan. You have such a talent for
    addressing every problem although to my mind this one
    responds to a problem addressed.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Thank you very much, jd – I love your comment. It’s much more fun dealing with a problem already addressed. I was so hot on the heels of this news, only one of the pillars was destroyed when I wrote it. When I went to bed the Georgia Guidestones were a pile of rubble… hopefully swept upon the dustheap of history to fade like a bad memory.

  4. Joseph S. Salemi

    I had never heard of these monuments prior to reading Susan’s poem. Some jackass millionaire erects huge granite slabs calling for the mass extermination of most of the human race?

    If the time-line for their creation were more recent, I too would think that Gates and Fauci were behind their construction.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Joe, perhaps Gates and Fauci are simply following the Guidestones to the letter.

  5. Brian Yapko

    I, too, had never heard of these so-called Guidestones until your poem, Susan. Talk about bizarre. There was a television show several years back called “Life After People” in which the scientific fantasy was to see how much better the planet is with human beings gone. This monument seems to be in the same nihilistic vein, similar to Dan Brown’s “Inferno.” What amazes me is that people who are so deeply misanthropic that they rejoice over the destruction of humanity somehow convince themselves they’re not horrible genocidal maniacs because they “care so much about the Earth.” No they don’t. They simply hate people. I hate the idea of cancel culture and the destruction of monuments but I can’t say I’m sorry this one was destroyed.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Exactly Brian. You have hit the nail on the head with this comment. I agree with you wholeheartedly – ‘horrible genocidal maniacs’ just about sums it up. I couldn’t have put it better myself. Whoever wrote this is also a heartless exhibitionist… no feeling human being in their right mind would even think of ridding the Earth of 95% of the population let alone publicly disclosing such a plan.

  6. angrycitizen

    Im sorry but tearing down stuff you don’t agree with is just wrong!
    They tore down statues they did not agree with, Both antifa and a certain religion of peace. Did that FIX anything? No, all it did was create more hate, and ultimately more violence as the ‘get even’ mentality kicked into full gear.

    Can we burn a Mosque down now because we hate what it stands for?
    What about a Church, a Synagogue? Where does this end?
    It NEEDS to end right here, right now, this tearing down and destroying things we do not believe is a path to our very own destruction by our very own hands ! Wake UP people !!

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      angrycitizen, I hear you. My poem isn’t calling for destruction or violence. It’s just giving a tongue-in-cheek opinion on a monument that is calling for extreme violence against humanity… all humanity.

    • Mike Bryant

      It sounds like you are the angry one here. No one has called for destruction in this poem or in the comments. Calm down.

  7. 8675310

    I believe that some rudimentary investigation will show a connection between the erection of the stones and Klause Schwab, and his mentor, Henry Kisinger.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      I think many are joining dots… that need to be joined. Know your enemy.

  8. Joshua C. Frank

    Another great one Susan! I never would have heard of this if not for you.

    I wonder if this is God’s way of telling the baby-killers, “Enough!”

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Thank you, Josh… I think you have a valid point. Today’s society is not on the side of our children, before birth and after.

  9. Joseph S. Salemi

    The idea of putting up massive public inscriptions in support of one’s views, or to celebrate one’s works, has a long history. King Darius of Persia caused the huge Behistun inscription of his conquests to be chiseled onto a cliffside in Iran; the emperor Augustus caused the lengthy “Res Gestae Divi Augusti” inscription outlining his political achievements to be carved and placed in several locations (one survives in Turkey); and a wealthy ancient Greek once paid for massive inscriptions from the work of Epicurus (his favorite philosopher) to be carved in stone. Even the Scientology cult has had the works of its lunatic founder, L. Ron Hubbard, carved on indestructible metal plates and secreted in some safe spot where they will survive forever.

    What lies behind all of these things is a colossal hubris or self-regard, or the presumptuous notion that something you believe in is so important that it has to be permanently and spectacularly set in stone, for the whole world to read.

    Shelley alludes to this tendency in his sonnet “Ozymandias.”

    • Julian D. Woodruff

      Right, Joseph. This piece of news has started me fiddling with a parody of “Ozymandias.” Maybe we should have a contest …

      • Susan Jarvis Bryant

        Thank you Joe and Julian.

        I think we’re long overdue a challenge… perhaps Evan would take your idea on, Julian. It sounds fun!

  10. Phil S. Rogers

    Thank you Susan for this poem, a most fascinating story and in the news again today. An attack on globalism and the ‘great reset.’

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Thank you, Phil. I think you may be right… although, there are some asking why if there is video footage of the explosion there isn’t footage of the blast being set up, and why the site wasn’t cordoned off for forensic study before the rest of it was demolished… the plot thickens.

  11. Norma Pain

    Thank you Susan for this informative poem about the Georgia Guidestones and their ominous message. I watched this documentary a number of years ago and just found this link but I am not sure if the documentary is still available: http://guidestonesmovie.net/

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Thank you for this, Norma. Mike and I will most certainly have a look. This story has captured my interest… bigtime!

    • Mike Bryant

      Bobbi L, thanks for your interest. A billion IS a thousand million. I styled the number to make the comparison more straightforward:
      8,000 million compared to 500 million is the same as:
      Eight billion compared to five hundred million or:
      8,000,000,000 compared to 500,000,000.

      I don’t particularly like Wiki, but they have it correct in this article:

      I used the American, or first, definition which says that a billion is, “1,000,000,000, i.e. one thousand million“.

      Thanks again,
      Mike Bryant

  12. fred schueler

    Surely it’s a mistake to assume that this monument was advocating getting to a sustainable human population by killing individual people. Led by Quebec’s rejection of Roman Catholic natalist (“revenge of the cradle”) policies in the 1960s, Canadians are now reproducing below replacement, even without government policies supporting economic and population stability.

    • Mike Bryant

      Fred, it’s a mistake to think that world governments are not taking action NOW to lower population levels.

      U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg….
      “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”

      A United Nations Population Fund report entitled “Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate”….
      “No human is genuinely ‘carbon neutral,’ especially when all greenhouse gases are figured into the equation.”

      Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger….
      “The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

      Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh….
      “If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.”

      Thomas Ferguson, former official in the U.S. State Department Office of Population Affairs….
      “There is a single theme behind all our work–we must reduce population levels. Either governments do it our way, through nice clean methods, or they will get the kinds of mess that we have in El Salvador, or in Iran or in Beirut. Population is a political problem. Once population is out of control, it requires authoritarian government, even fascism, to reduce it….”

      U.S. Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton….
      “This year, the United States renewed funding of reproductive healthcare through the United Nations Population Fund, and more funding is on the way. The U.S. Congress recently appropriated more than $648 million in foreign assistance to family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide. That’s the largest allocation in more than a decade – since we last had a Democratic president, I might add.”

      Professor of Biology at the University of Texas at Austin Eric R. Pianka….
      “This planet might be able to support perhaps as many as half a billion people who could live a sustainable life in relative comfort. Human populations must be greatly diminished, and as quickly as possible to limit further environmental damage.”

      Jacques Cousteau….
      “In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day.”

      • Joseph S. Salemi

        Mike, many thanks for giving us chapter-and-verse on the real motivations of the people behind “population control.” They have absolutely no scruple about causing millions of deaths, other than maintaining a good publicity spin on the process.

        I cannot see that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Margaret Sanger, and Hillary Clinton are at root much different from Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin.

      • Mike Bryant

        Joe, I learned a long time ago that when someone tells you exactly who they are you should listen and never forget. They have told us who they are in perfect clarity. They are taking the low hanging fruit now… the oldest and the youngest of us…of course if any in the middle die… that’s just a bonus. It’s time we revolt against the ‘Liberal World Order’ as OBiden styles the WEF and the rest of the Globalists. Karl Schwab promotes Government-Corporate cooperation… isn’t that Fascism?
        Fascism is in the ascendancy. Look at the January 6 response… the response to the Canadian trucker demonstrations, the predations against the farmers and ranchers in the Netherlands, the tyrannical world response to the CCP created virus with CCP approved and recommended lockdowns.
        They are all designed to kill, disempower and impoverish the people while empowering and enriching the already powerful and rich.

        Only 10 companies control almost every large food and beverage brand in the world. Remember when our government busted monopolies instead of making them even bigger monopolies?
        I do but it is a dim memory.

  13. Julian D. Woodruff

    An obscurity, but definitely a scary one. What do such people do when they’re not designing monuments? Thanks for bringing this weirdness to light, Susan.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      What a weird world we inhabit, Julian. There’s never a dull moment. It reminds me of the Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Still, I mustn’t complain… insanity, controversy, and mystery are excellent prompts for poetry.

  14. Joseph S. Salemi

    The takeaway from this brief video is this important quote: “Anything done in deep secrecy that involves massive planning for the entire human race is sinister and malevolent.”

    It’s time for all of us to realize that the entire environmentalist and “Green” movement is profoundly anti-human, even though it disguises itself with Smiley-Face rhetoric.

    • Mike Bryant

      So true, Joe. The “Green” movement is simply a tool for the authoritarians to steal our money and our lives. It is like the “Justice” movement and the “Rights” movements with all the current (and past) modifiers. America took care of the pollution problem decades ago and still leads the world in clean air and water, no thanks to the EPA. Our Constitution also takes care of justice and rights. I think its laughable that many people still believe that socialism, or communism or any other authoritarianism is an end to be desired. Only the authoritarians prosper under those regimes… just look at our “leaders.” Yes, we are suffering under an authoritarian government. Capitalism, like life, isn’t perfect… but it sure as hell beats whatever’s in second place.

      We could get back to capitalism… it’s time for some trust-busting.

  15. Susan Jarvis Bryant

    Thank you, Paul. Hilarious!! I remember the whisky-swilling, salty Dave Allen from my childhood days… before the culling of comedians.

  16. monserrate soto carrillo

    Al ser humano ya le sale el miedo hasta por orejas

  17. Alan

    Below are some general comments about the current discussion and about my approach to world events.

    Those who believe in eternity don’t have to worry about how long they will live on the earth. And those who believe in God can put their trust in him and believe that he is guiding all things to a good conclusion. To be terrified or angry at what we see happening in the world might be our first reaction, but it reveals a lack of faith.

    The most appropriate response to what we see as “evil” is love and compassion. We don’t need to judge others’ words or actions but make room for people to change and realize their God-given potential. Does love have the power to make all things right? Is love or attack stronger? People might not change in this lifetime, but our response should still be love and compassion. Of course, this is easier said than done, but it is worth attempting every day.

    To have enemies is to place our own guilt on others and then see them as guilty. But everyone was created by God and still deserves love. If we don’t forgive others, then we won’t be able to accept forgiveness for ourselves. To overcome fear, we have to live by the golden rule and not judge or attack anyone, including ourselves. If we focus on sin and evil, we cannot see what’s good in people. If all loveless acts can be forgiven—and I believe they can—then we need to practice patience and faith, not judgment and condemnation.

    • Susan Jarvis Bryant

      Thank you for your thought-provoking comment, Alan. I’ve read it with an open mind and interest.

      I agree that “those who believe in God can put their trust in him and believe that He is guiding all things to a good conclusion”. I don’t agree that “to be terrified or angry… reveals a lack of faith”. I believe if we weren’t terrified or angry, especially on behalf of the vulnerable in this world, we wouldn’t be human. Even Jesus was so filled with anger at the desecration of his Father’s temple, he overturned tables and drove those defiling it out with a whip. The anger was because of the love and respect he had for his Father.

      You say, “The most appropriate response to what we see as “evil” is love and compassion.” I want to replace “love and compassion” with the word “Truth” – God’s Truth, immutable truth, not one’s own personal “truth”. The Truth antagonizes those who are evil, and it’s meant to. This is why Christians have enemies… because they speak the Truth. When you say, “Is love or attack stronger”, I say speaking His Truth is a grave “attack” on evil in the name of love and faith. Truth has always been antagonistic, and it still is. In today’s cancel-culture world Truth is seen as “hate” – a much more convenient way of dealing with those speaking God’s Word. Just gag and lock them up… lions are far too expensive to feed, and their methane emissions may destroy the planet.

      You say, “To have enemies is to place our own guilt on others and then see them as guilty”. I say, Christians have always had enemies. Christianity is marginalized and Christians are persecuted… all for speaking His Truth.

      You say, “If all loveless acts can be forgiven—and I believe they can—then we need to practice patience and faith, not judgment and condemnation”. I believe all loveless acts can be forgiven. I believe we need to practice patience and faith. As for judgment and condemnation, I will leave that to God, while continuing to speak His Truth.

    • Mike Bryant

      Jesus Did say, “turn the other cheek”… however, He NEVER said, “turn a blind eye.”
      As for your quote, “To have enemies is to place our own guilt on others and then see them as guilty.” Those words are evidence of a complete surrender to pseudo science and pop psychology.
      Please spare me your New World homilies.

      • Frank Tillman

        well said
        If Hitler/Stalin/Mao had have been done away with early on think of the suffering avoided.

      • Mike Bryant

        Frank, I agree. I believe in forgiveness, but forgiveness is not what Alan thinks it is. We are living in a post-truth world… but the truth will out.

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