Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman: Moonbeams Over Glasgow

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman: Moonbeams Over Glasgow
Jenean C Gilstrap

from my next volume of poetry comes a more eclectic look at love in its many forms – this piece examining those dynamics of generational discord and discontent geographically played out in a panarama of mahem turning brother against brother and neighbor against neighbor – in a world where the only certainty sometimes seems to be that there is no certainty one has only to delve – to peer ever so slightly even – into one’s own heart and the same things will be found there – in your heart – that are found in the hearts of those ‘round the globe – that same longing the same yearning the same want the same need – that of love and of peace – for one’s self and for one’s loved ones – a simple thing in so many ways but lacking in so many places – glasgow being but one of those many geographical places – individual hearts being the other place – the only place that can make change in a world of uncertainty – the only place where certainty is certain – the heart of love – love for one’s self one’s family one’s neighbors – love – like gentle moonbeams casting warmth and light below – words unspoken by jenean c. gilstrap. available on paperback and kindle edition.


moonbeams over glasgow

blackest black night

penetrated by

sounds of steel


through the flesh

of old wounds never healed

under the cover of full metal jackets

years of differences

fester still

shades of hatred begetting

bloody canvasses of life in glasgow




no longer marking the weather

now marking the storm of

death on wing

travel path and target

spelling bloody ballistics

random projectiles

of hate in flight

razors of yesteryear

slicing through layers of dysphoria

knives brandished with deadly intent

by children wandering the streets

of chaos and turmoil

their spirits no longer theirs

buried already in the


of discontent

bloodstains color the hard cracked

surface of their hearts

men in black leather jackets

grim reapers of silent violence

women and children fearful

of creaking floors and opening doors

longing yearning for

the warm sunlight

of what should be

seeking solace and safety

behind locks and chains

husbands keeping watch

with metal filled pillows

giving way to sleepless nights

of signs and sounds

waiting for dawn

waiting for day

for another way

just one more day

praying for the other way

trying to make another way

the way of peace and love

the way of love and peace

with the warmth of

brother loving brother

melting the heartless

frigid winter of

despair and desperation

painting in vibrant

life-sustaining sunshine

the canvasses of

life in glasgow

where children frolic

on the playgrounds of

a better life

and mothers sleep

through the night

with their babes

cradled in the soft

arms of peace for all

and fathers and husbands

awake from sweet dreams

of serenity and stillness

the only sounds those

of golden moonbeams

falling gently over

life in glasgow


View Comments (6)
  • another week of honor in being included in the yareah family! thank you!

  • IZara

    I’m a fan of you, Jenean. Every Sunday you give us a new present. Thanks

    • thank you so much for the “fanship” IZara! 😉 such wonderful things to hear!

    • many thanks for such kind kind words, I’m Martin! 😉

  • A very special show of sensibility and mysticism. Congrats, J. (I’m Martin)

  • Trish MacGregor

    As always, I remain your biggest and most enthusiastic fan!

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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