Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap: i wonder of you

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap: i wonder of you
Jenean C Gilstrap

It’s Sunday and it’s time for poetry with Gypsy Woman Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: i wonder of you

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap i wonder of you

John Singer Sargent. The Misses Vickers, 1884, oil on canvas, 137.8 × 182.9 cm, Weston Park Museum. Photo credit: wikipedia

i wonder of you

i wonder of you

when you are not here

with me near me

when you are

not to be found

to be seen

i wonder of you

on those nights

in the darkness

of my own devices

when there is no

light seeping through

the blue black velvet

of my thoughts of you

no beacon of life

to show me the way

to help me till the light of day

no gentle caress upon my breast

no sheltering from the storm

of sleepless nights without you

i wonder of you

of where you are

with whom you share yourself

those nights

when you are not here

with me near me

when the blackness round

rushes into my dreams

like melted licorice sticks

smoldering there till

light of morn

i wonder of you

of where you are

if the other misses you

when you are here

as much as i miss you

when you are there

if she thinks of you

when you are here

as i think of you

when you are not

if her thoughts twist

in turmoil in your

absence as mine do

if her heart sings

in joy at your

presence as mine does

if her dreams

drift in waves

of blue velvet

when you are near

as mine do

i wonder of you


is it her

 is it

her name

you cry in

the silent screams

of your lifeless dreams

her scent

that gives you flight

on crimson wings in the night

is it

her laughter

that fills the bottomless hole

dug deep within your poor lost soul

her flesh

that burns now your own

through layered shreds of crystal bone

is it

her soul

that cradles you gently in the bleak black blue

left behind by anguished adieu

her spirit

that holds in love the charred remains

of life’s last embers within your veins

is it

is it hers






~ both pieces from the poet’s first volume of poetry – “words unspoken” ~


View Comments (3)
  • another great week with the YAREAH FAMILY…much gratitude and many thanks for this fabulous forum…

  • Trish MacGregor

    And another stunning poem from the gypsy heart!

  • many thanks, trish, for your always inspiring words!

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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