Of Lips… and Love… by Jenean C Gilstrap

Of Lips… and Love… by Jenean C Gilstrap
Jenean C Gilstrap

Of Lips… and Love… Reflections and poetry by Jenean Gilstrap

Lips and Love: Gypsy of the Orange by Julio Romero de Torres

Lips and Love: Gypsy of the Orange by Julio Romero de Torres

Today, enjoy this new passionate article by Jenean Gilstrap: Of Lips… and Love…

 …soul meets soul on lovers’ lips…

[percy bysshe shelley]


the eyes of others, to me, are fascinating – mesmerizing even – particularly the eyes of someone to whom i am attracted – it has been said by many – poets and writers and lyricists and others [including most recently, scientists] – that the eyes are the windows of the soul…and i, too, find that to be true – just look into the eyes of another and see what you can see – see it through their eyes – feel what they feel – know what can be known – of that person –

and then, there is the mouth – that cavernous opening to the body – to the soul – yes, even to the soul – for me, the mouth – more particularly, the lips – holds that same fascination – look closely at the lips of another – are they full and luscious – or thin and drawn – do they turn up at their corners – or are they cast down – and what of your lips? – go ahead – get a mirror – look at them – look at your lips – look into their openness – their secrecy – do they speak without talking – do they smile without moving – do they sing without sound – do they mesmerize – or terrorize –

as the eyes are the windows of the soul, so may the lips be the door – the door of the soul – the spirit – opening wide to receive – to give – love…


lip service

these gypsy lips

are red lips

ruby red lips

these lips are powerful lips

lips that can change history

my history even your history

make you change your ways

into their ways

they can cause things to happen

you never dreamed of

never heard of

these lips

can lamblast you

right out of your

little comfort zone

and throw you

for a loop like

you’ve never been

looped before

they’ll pucker and pout

turn you inside out

these lips are talkin’ lips

they speak of truth of beauty

of life of love

they speak of me

of you

of us

of possibility


and the physics of both

they speak of passion

of poetry

of poetic passion

of passionate poetry

they speak to you

these lips are loud lips

rambunctious lips

rowdy lips

irreverent lips

they ramble

they recite

they speak up

and act out

they’re unruly lips

lips that have no rules

and will break your rules

these lips are happy lips

lips that smile

that open wide

and laugh out loud

lips that love to laugh

at big things

small things

at you

and with you

and at themselves

they laugh

these lips are magical lips

they can charm you disarm you

make you mold you molest you

melt you motivate you

they can turn you into things

you’ve never been before

and make you forget

what it was you were

these lips can take you

on a magic carpet ride

and have you beg

for a one-way ticket

these lips are lovin’ lips

luscious and plump

full and ripe

ripe for lovin’ for bein’ loved

for living’ for livin’ more

these luscious lips

will make you

wanna taste ’em

touch ’em

tease ’em

be teased by ’em

make you

wanna kiss on ’em

till you can’t kiss no more

then they’ll have you

comin’ back knockin’ on their door

yeah, these lips are lovin’ lips

these lips

of mine

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  • what an incredibly beautiful image to accompany my piece today, yareah – thanks so much for always finding just the right “accessory” – and today, an artist with whom i must re-acquaint myself!

    • martincid

      You have… style! I would like to read that book you’re preparing. Isabel talked me about it and I think it’s a fantastic idea. Thanks for the poem and thanks for sharing your words with us

      • oh, i’m so sorry to just now be seeing this, martin – i’m wondering which book isabel might have mentioned – i have a manuscript done that consists of my romantic poems – those taken from my blog “the gypsy on words unspoken” at blogspot – this one is titled “post cards from the caravan/the gypsy on words unspoken” – and i think i also mentioned that i was going to be putting together a manuscript of the poetry of my mother and her mother, together with some of mine – a generational compilation of poetry, some of which is nearly 100 years old –

        • right now, i’m finishing up the 2nd manuscript of my poetry from my other blog – gypsywomanworld – it’s an eclectic mix of poetry and i’m trying to get the illustrations for it done myself – so it’s taking a bit longer – and lest i forget again, many thanks for the kind words –

          • martincid

            t will be great. I’m sure of that!

  • Yes, we thought Julio Romero de Torres painted the perfect image of a Gypsy woman and in fact, of a Spanish woman. Fantastic poem, Jenean Gilstrap

    • many thanks for the kind words! of de torres, i’ve now read up on him a bit – fascinating but a sadly short lived life – a loss to the world – to us – his ability to capture the tiniest nuance of a female persona is perfection! a truly great artist!

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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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