Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman’s World. Today: crimson vessel and the jewels

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman’s World. Today: crimson vessel and the jewels
Jenean C Gilstrap

I’ts Sunday and it’s time for poetry with gypsy woman’s world. Today: crimson vessel and the jewels. Enjoy them!

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman's World. Today crimson vessek abd the jewels

Alfred Sisley, View of the Saint-Martin Canal, Paris, 1870, Musée d’Orsay

crimson vessel

heart’s so full

of dark gray clouds

got me in its pull

wanna scream out loud

but sound don’t come

to a heart heavy as mine

thoughts turned numb

stayin’ alive just to pine

seems the skies above

feel the same bleak way

weepin’ my loss of love

drippin’ sadness night an’ day

rains come down

deep in my soul

so ‘fraid i’m gonna drown

an’ it stings me so

trickles down thru my flesh

strippin’ ‘way all that’s left

leavin’ nothin’ but an empty mess

like a sinister theft

hurricane winds of despair

leavin’ my mind tossed about

can’t rebuild can’t repair

this crimson vessel

full of doubt


the jewels

she crept through all the motions

casting aside her burning emotions

day after day and night after night

fighting her cares with all her might

she dressed for the eyes of others

tho’ she’d clothe not at all given her druthers

shimmering gown and sparkling jewels

all adorned for the judging fools

if only they knew what they could not see

for deep down inside was a screaming banshee

but what could they know of love so true

which to them was only a torrid taboo

and so it was that she went moment by moment

pretending without a hint not even a glint

living a lie lying to live unable to forgive

her heart breaking bleeding like a sieve

passion unbridled soul on fire

all for a love she n’er could acquire



View Comments (9)
  • much joy in being here with my Y FAM – many thanks for the honor! and for all my followers/readers, my deepest gratitude!

  • Dewey Edward Chester

    Jenean, these two seem to haunt me with a purpose, seemingly all my own. From them I see the sighs and pain in the music and song structure of Billie Hollyday…and I see and hear her cry of “Strange Fruit.” Every Sunday now, I am beginging to enjoy a new journey from your creative Spirit. Thank you!

  • Isabel del Rio

    Jewels? Do you know what is a jewel, Jenean Gilstrap? Your poem! Every Sunday, you publish wonderful poems, full of life and beautiful words. These ones are perfect! I love them. Thank you very much for sharing so much beauty! Nice Sunday and week!

    • Dewey Edward Chester

      Concurrance from Isabel del Rio is in order, Jenean.

      • Heather

        Awesome..exquisitely well done…I can totally relate…pun intended… 🙂

  • oh, to be included in the same paragraph with the magnificent Ms. B is humbling and greatly appreciated, dewey…and of “strange fruit”, i’ve another piece titled “we ain’t talkin’ cotton” that i did several years ago as i drove through the delta cotton fields in arkansas – i think you might find it even closer to the message/strains of “fruit” – it’s been published here in yareah – i’ll see if i can find the direct link and post it here – anyway, it’s so gratifying to hear that one’s words touch another and i thank you for your kind comments – and i do hope you’ll drop by on sundays for a few of my words! have a beautiful remainder of your day!

  • my heart thanks you, isabel, for your beautiful words…it’s such an honor to be included here in yareahland where art is everywhere! 😉

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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