Shadow Love by Jenean C Gilstrap: Dance, Walk, World

Shadow Love by Jenean C Gilstrap: Dance, Walk, World
Jenean C Gilstrap

Shadow Love by Jenean C Gilstrap: Shadow Dance, Shadow Walk, Shadow World… This Sunday enjoy the awesome deep poetry of Jenean, the Gypsy Woman World.


Shadow Love by Jenean C Gilstrap

Shadow Love by Jenean C Gilstrap

shadow dance

night winds etched your face

into the far side of the moon

and shadow birds danced

on waters of broken promises

last chances and

what could

have been


as the sun singed your heart

into the star-filled skies

and shadow birds danced

on clouds of discontent

dysphoria and

what could

have been


and the storm spun your soul

into the deep dark abyss

as shadow birds danced

on the edge of the cliff


and the winds etched

and the sun singed

and the storm spun







shadow birds



on my

love’s grave


shadow walk

i walk the lonely streets

phantom shadows without you


and see the world around me

bleak and empty without your presence


i hear the sounds of music

made silent without your laugh


and taste the dark sweet chocolate

turned bitter without your lips


i smell the flowers’ fragrances

turned foul without you


and feel the shafts of sun upon me

turn icy cold without your arms


i sleep away the darkness

made hellish without your touch


and speak the language

of loveless words without your name


i write these words

indelibly spilling from

my bleeding heart


and dream of days now gone

of life

with you


shadow world

shadows deep and thick

closed round her





lost souls winding their way

to the land of the lost

shipwrecked fragments of time

their only compass

through the mire

her own soul long ago sold

for the gold of another life

blinded by the want of more

she could not look

and thus she did not see

shadows deep and thick

closed round her







View Comments (4)
  • martincid

    Your poetry is always deep. Thanks for sharing, lady Gilstrap

    • and i am always grateful for the forum here at YAREAH where my words unspoken may be heard…you are more than welcome!

  • karen

    mmmm….wonderful! So good to you you here.

    • thanks so much for taking not only the time to read my words, but especially the time to comment…many many thanks – wonderful to have you drop by!!!

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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