Sunday Poetry with Gyspsy Woman: when dragons fly, silent night and the devil’s lair

Sunday Poetry with Gyspsy Woman: when dragons fly, silent night and the devil’s lair
Jenean C Gilstrap

It’s Sunday and it’s time to listen to Gypsy Woman’s poetry. Today: when dragons fly, silent night and the devil’s lair

Sunday Poetry with Gyspsy Woman when dragons fly, silent night and the devil’s lair

Saint George Killing the Dragon, 1434/35, by Martorell

when dragons fly

when dragons fly

the ancient skies

and demons sing

their lustful cries

of her own free will

she’ll lay her down

in the waters still

and pray to let them

seep right in

way down deep

where it all begins

soak right in to

her very core

and open wide

the flood gate door

where ancient seers

have their say

if light will shine



when dragons fly

the ancient skies

and demons sing

their lustful cries


silent night

the maidens ate the poisoned fruit

given them by tongues made mute

and know not then their act imputes

the hiding of the sacred flute

the waters rampant they do run

through the night and to the sun

and in their rage the deed is done

the evil web now is spun

and if the earth should quake and shake

the gods reject and do forsake

and if of knowledge they partake

the virgins left they burn at stake

now the raging rivers sweep away

all the signs of those who stay

there is no hope for them who pray

the gods are gone from these last days

the tiger roars its ancient cries

as prophets shout from burning skies

and angels float to their demise

now silent all who are to die

now silent



the devil’s lair

oceans dissolve mountains quake

riptides hold us to the stake

black rains spill and relentless kill

all that lives in the sacred hills

birds fallin’ down from above

whatever happened to the wings of a dove

fishes sweepin’ up from below

the air all around’s become our foe

sun rays flare and satan glares

does no one care

lay your soul bare

if you dare

terra firma is no more

somethin’ split the crust’s charred door

slung it all to kingdom come

don’t you know it’s already done

way too late

to meet at the gate

cause nothin’s left

and the gods

they all wept

lay your soul bare

if you dare

but no one cares

nothin’s fair

in the devil’s lair


– from Ms. Gilstrap’s second volume of poetry


coming soon –

View Comments (3)
  • Hal O’Leary

    Jenean C. Gilstrap, you are a poet after my own heart. To think that you have found the courage to use meter and rhyme in this day of free verse lacking the discipline which is the hallmark of all the arts.


    Let not there be a doubt, I am averse
    To much of what they choose to call free verse.
    For me, it has become the devil’s curse
    On poetry, and making matters worse,
    It’s naught but prose.

    In dictionaries, meter is most used,
    Along with rhyme, (the terms are often fused)
    To tell us verse should never be confused
    Or ever used with free. It stands abused.
    We’re not amused.

    If we are free to do most anything,
    And all our words, we do not choose but fling,
    Then lyricism loses all its ring,
    And though we write, we do no longer sing,
    I do suppose.

    Although it’s true we cannot close the door
    On charges that we live in days of yore,
    It’s time to claim, as we have done before,
    Free verse? An oxymoron, nothing more.
    With that, I close.

  • You both are ART. Many, many THANKS

  • well, mr. o’leary, how kind your words for which i am more than appreciative – however i must confess to no degree of courage – i simply love the sound/the rhythm/the life – web and flow – of words – and i personally find very little such intimate response to most “free verse” – however, it seems that we are the minority in today’s world of words, are we not? – in looking at potential forums for my poetry in the past, one literary publication after another reiterated their acceptance of “free verse” pieces only – every once in a while i try that other “style” [for lack of a better word] and regardless of how i might like it, there is not that deeper intimate connection even in my own pieces – in any event, thank you so very much for not only reading, but for taking the time to leave a comment – particularly, a comment such as this – best wishes – jenean

    ps – i loved your little piece above…and…with that, i close! 😉

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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