Reincarnation, what do YOU think?… by Jenean C Gilstrap

Reincarnation, what do YOU think?… by Jenean C Gilstrap
Jenean C Gilstrap

Reincarnation, thoughts and poems by Jenean C Gilstrap.

Reincarnation: from earliest time to present time, this notion has been discussed – religions founded – books written – lyrics sung – poetry created – movies made – all about and/or around this intriguing subject – regardless of one’s own personal belief system, to me, there seems to be overwhelming evidence of the actuality of this concept – the following two pieces of mine address this thing called reincarnation – but tell me, what do YOU think?

Jenean C Gilstrap

Reincarnation by Jenean C Gilstrap. Painting by Elihu Vedder

Reincarnation by Jenean C Gilstrap. Painting by Elihu Vedder

I did not begin when i was born nor when i was conceived –

i have been growing developing through incalculable myriads of millenniums –

all my previous selves have their voices – echoes – promptings in me –

oh, incalculable times again shall i be born –


~ John Griffin “Jack” London 1876-1916 ~


Much has been written – has been discussed – on the subject of reincarnation, “…the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions…” [] –

the lionman sits

the lionman sits in stone-carved wait

for all the children at his gate

the days are short the time draws near

and peace comes not to those who fear

for it is said that in the end

what it was will just begin

those who were will be again

you could be you or maybe kin

the seers know for what to see

as what they see will come to be

there is no secret to believe

no gods seek thee to deceive

the key to all is given all

to save themselves from the fall

to live now to live again

is simple really it’s all within

the ancient kings hold not the key

‘tis your own soul will set you free

‘tis you and you alone you see

who will decide to be or not to be

the lionman sits in sun and sand

your lives not his to command

he sits

he waits


the holy trine

they come

they come

their hearts upon the drum

they come from another place

another time

from the dark recesses

of our mind

and soar on wings unseen

the tribal elders to convene

they speak in

voices still


to the lion upon the throne

and from their kingdom come

the will of them be done

by the gods’ design

of the holy trine

the human to extol

and have our souls made whole

so we must now our sins atone

and in the end we’ll be shown

the way to die without death

and breathe again another breath

they come

their hearts upon the drum

they come

our will be done




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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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