Slavery poems: We Ain’t Talkin’ Cotton…

Slavery poems: We Ain’t Talkin’ Cotton…
Jenean C Gilstrap

Slavery poems: On a road trip to Louisiana, Jenean Gilstrap was going through mile after mile of cotton fields and she became overwhelmed with extreme sadness – overwhelmed with grief and horror as she drove – this is the poem what she wrote about it later:

Slavery poems: We Ain’t Talkin’ Cotton...

Slavery poems: We Ain’t Talkin’ Cotton…

we ain’t talkin’ cotton…

fields of white

flecked in twigs of brown

holdin’ up skies of whisperin’ dreams

hangin’ on the old plantation tree

bayous brimmin’ with nightmares

of babies born to die in chains

ghosts of dark annie’s red-haired girl

now runnin’ free in the big house

the big house of her sperm daddy

balls of white turned scarlet red

with the blood-fingers of those starvin’ chained souls

waters turned stagnant from closed minds and hearts of stone

epithets of brown skinned souls etched

into tree trunks by the noose round their neck

spirits swing there in the silence of their crimes

murder by any other name

murder still

nothin’ civil ‘bout a civil war

rivers run red

from crimes of the bed

all those hopes now laying dead

with babies born but never fed

rivers run red

bodies of white

nursed by brown arms already dead

ain’t none of it never ‘nough

murder by any other name

murder still while

rivers run red

and we ain’t talkin’ cotton

Slavery poems: We Ain’t Talkin’ Cotton...

Slavery poems: We Ain’t Talkin’ Cotton…

“Money and greed at any cost – including capturing kidnapping and putting into slavery 100s of thousands of africans – and the motivating factor which continues to run this world”

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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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