The Nature of Nature… Jenean C Gilstrap at Yareah magazine

The Nature of Nature… Jenean C Gilstrap at Yareah magazine
Jenean C Gilstrap

The Nature of Nature… Poems and Photos by Jenean C Gilstrap

Nature: Poems and photos by Jenean C Gilstrap at Yareah magazine

When I think of the word “nature”, visions of our physical world come into view and I am enveloped in a lush garden of exotic plants and elusive little creatures – or I may be transported to the hightest mountain top from where I look down upon the majesty of this planet – or perhaps I am whisked away to the barren desert sands from whence I glance upward into the night skies to float among the unblimished stars – or taken to the coastal shorelines of oceans and seas where I am united once more with the water element of my physical body – water that is the life giving source for all living creatures on this planet. We have all had those intimate sensory moments with the forces of nature – the feel of invigorating and cleansing raindrops on our flesh, the taste of them on our tongue – or the gritty pin pricks of a sandstorm – or the sight of barren trees that remind us of the autumn of our own lives – or the heat of the sun warming our bodies and even our hearts on a bright summer day. You know what I mean. Nature is such a compelling force in my own life that it is frequently also the metaphorical theme in my poetry. These are a few of those poems. Enjoy.

Nature: Chiseled Surface, by Jenean C Gilstrap

Nature: Chiseled Surface, by Jenean C Gilstrap

chiseled surface

his words swept over her

like a summer storm in the

late afternoon

washing away the weariness

of the day

cleansing her soul

purifying her heart

gushing downhill in

currents of wasted nights

and lives bleached like

winter snow

on the desert floor

refreshing now

renewing now

the roots of discontent

that lay just beneath

the chiseled surface

of her love

for him

Nature: And all is Done, by Jenean C Gilstrap

Nature: And all is Done, by Jenean C Gilstrap

and all is done

autumn comes

and all is done

lifeless leaves loose their grip

falling now for that final trip

swept to the shore by whispers of dreams

float away in swirls blue and green

soft subtle shadows rush to the night

calling your name in love’s lost light

and so many memories of you

what am i to do

autumn comes

and all is done

Nature: West Texas Dust Storm, by Jenean C Gilstrap

Nature: West Texas Dust Storm, by Jenean C Gilstrap

west texas dust storm kind’a love

i want me some

west texas dust storm

kinda love



i want the kind that

rams into me like

a gale force wind

comin’ in

strikin’ me with

all its fury

knockin’ me out

of my arid reality

penetratin’ through

the outer layers

past the buffers

in between



i want the kind that

shows no clemency

movin’ me

in ways inexplicable

tanglin’ my hair

stingin’ my eyes

stirrin’ my heart

rippin’ my soul apart

rammin’ deeper and deeper

grindin’ down and round

oozin’ into that deep dark

core of no return



i want the kind that

drives the gusts

of love unbridled

transportin’ me from

the lifeless illusion

and hard dry surface of

my existence

suspendin’ me in time

eroding all of what was

depositin’ what is into

the lush oasis of love

unknown before

piercin’ the heart

piercing the flesh



i want me some

west texas dust storm

kinda love



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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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