To a New Year… by the author Jenean C Gilstrap

To a New Year… by the author Jenean C Gilstrap
Jenean C Gilstrap

New Year!!! In some days, 2012 will have passed and we will be in a New Year, 2013! What will it happen in 2013? Jenean C Gilstrap wants to receive this new year with hope and a positive spirit. Today, we can enjoy her poetry and love for mankind and nature. Thanks, Jenean!

To a New Year…

on this last entry of this year – as a new year approaches – it’s more than ever imperative – i think – to receive this new year with hope and love and belief – and with knowledge – hope in the future – our future – the future of us all – love for each other and just as importantly for ourselves – and our planet – belief that all things are possible if we only believe – and knowledge – knowledge which goes beyond belief – which is more concrete more anchored in reality than just belief – and all things which, when combined, even in the midst of uncertainty and chaos, will open wide the portals to a new year filled with magic and wonder for us all – something as magical as the birth of a baby – and as wonderful as the blooming of a flower –

New Year with a Louisiana Magnolia. Courtesy of Jenean C Gilstrap

New Year with a Louisiana Magnolia. Courtesy of Jenean C Gilstrap


and then

a flower blooms

4 am can’t even sleep

don’t know nothin’ ‘bout countin’ sheep

nbc cbs cnn news makin’

earth shakin’ humanity quakin’

images of chaos words of death

lovin’s like scenes from macbeth

sun flarin’ thoughts blarin’

skies cryin’ babies dyin’

moon phasin’ souls crazin’

global warmin’ bees not swarmin’

axis shiftin’ ozone missin’

movement and chaos life in kiosks

ice caps meltin’ where’s the smelting

mud slidin’ critters hidin’

runnin’ rivers of somebody’s homes

mountains of debris cry and moan

hunger and thirst make animals new

with only medicine for a few

big ball’s axis way off kilter

water now all on filter

breathin’ poison eatin’ chemicals

only salvation crystal skulls

dirty waters now a’ flood

filled with fishes crimson blood

mud slidin’ down the hills

just more folks gettin’ killed

big brother livin’ in all our homes

DNA done by phone

virtual livin’ no tactile givin’

communities neither heard or felt

all goin’ on in invisible belts

children raised in the streets

no happy memories for them to keep

electronic families all plugged in

now become our next of kin

digital this virtual that

whatever happened to a little chat

wars now seem ever’day norm

taking sons and daughters from the farm

nightmares screamed in black and white

dreamin’s rampant day and night

fatal flaws become animal claws

lions roar shore to shore

enemies within enemies without

bringin’ to their knees the most devout

cycles of consciousness

holy mother to confess

gods are feared

only hate seems near

thoughts transmit and transcend

warning all of the end

we think and our thoughts create

we design our own life’s fate

spirits take flight

nothin’ to fear nothin’ to fight

but then


a flower blooms

and knows no doom

babies are born with a squeak and a smile

lettin’ us go another mile

a child gets fed and put to bed

nemo’s daddy searches for him

never mindin’ the tortuous swim

another day another way

brings a little hope

givin’ us light to better cope

lunar wings descendin the night

cradlin’ us soft

in their cozy light

sister sun warms our days

wrappin’ us all in golden rays

a touch a glance

bodies meetin’ in the dance

it don’t take much

it don’t take long

and life goes on

its arms of beauty spreadin’ up and out

and love survives

without a doubt



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  • and to YM, ISABEL DEL RIO and MARTIN CID – many thanks for a fabulous 2012 and an even better 2013 – one where all the voices will speak – all the words heard – and the dance will be danced!

    • Dear madame: We really hope 2013 will be much better than 2012, lol. Happy new year, Jenean

      • as do i – and of course it will be, dahling! of course…one has only to believe…to know…and so it goes…[i know these things to be true!] –

  • ~ HAPPY HAPPY 2013 ~

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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