The black black reign of black black gold

The black black reign of black black gold
Jenean C Gilstrap

YM new issue is titled MONEY. The marvelous author Jenean Gilstrap has sent a deep poem about the topic. She says “the demon child is born/ with money and lies it’s adorned” but she says much much more. From years, I’ve been in love with Salvador Dali‘s painting “Poetry in America”.  In the painting, Africa is wrinkled, robbed, dying in front of a clock (time = history). Furthermore, two blind people are fighting. They are bleeding petrol. I think the two men represent America and Europe, and this is the economic history of the 20th century… When I read Jenean Gilstrap’s poem, I was really impressed and I thought she has reached with words the same idea Dali reached with brushstrokes. Enjoy the poem!

Isabel del Rio

Poetry in America

Poetry in America

the black black reign

of black black gold

by Jenean Gilstrap

the black rains came

and the ocean’s in flames

blood poured down

from them that drowned

red clay turned ebony dark

blue green crystals lost their mark

rainbow colors run and hide

tryin’ to git away from the genocide

mother’s gut grows and grows

soon be birthin’ big black crows

moanin’ and groanin’ lettin’ out a howl

her water breaks and comes out foul

but nothin’ will hold her spreadin’ girth

bigger and bigger ‘bout to give birth

big ole cracks in her birthin’ bed

but ain’t nothin’ to us nobody’s said

she don’t want it to go this way

but don’t have nowhere else to stay

and so it is the demon child is born

with money and lies it’s adorned

then the doors of hell gonna open wide

and blast and spew its noxious insides

and waves of greed will hit the land

leavin’ nothin’ there not even the sand

just wonderin’ now who’s to blame

ever’body’s tryin’ to save their name

nothin’ on earth ever the same

playin and losin’ that little oil game

black tears pour from the gods on high

time for accountin’ drawin’ nigh


the earth eats itself inside out

we all know what that’s about

now don’t look at me all tongue-tied

you can run but where you gonna hide


an’ all them others like you

you haven’t a clue

what all mother earth’s gone through

what’cha gonna do

where you gonna hide

in the

black black



black black


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Jenean C Gilstrap

Since childhood, Ms. Gilstrap has had a love of words-of writing and other arts. An individualist, she chooses not to follow any pre-conceived pattern for the outlay of these words – rather, she allows them the freedom to forge their own path as they make their way from her heart to pen to paper. Her art work involves both photography and mixed media on large canvasses. She is a weekly featured poet in Yareah Magazine where her works have appeared for more than a year. Her piece The Granite God was the winning poem in Painted Bride Quarterly Sidebar #12 [2012]. Her work has been featured in performance poetry theatrical productions in Louisiana and her short story, Retribution, published in the Helicon Literary Magazine there. She and her gypsywomanworld blog are included as character/story elements in Ghost Key, the fictional work of award-winning author Trish MacGregor. Her first volume of poetry [2013], words unspoken, is available in both paperback and on kindle at amazon. She currently divides her time between her home in Louisiana and the east coast as she completes her second volume of poetry to be published in 2013.

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