Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap: river of desire

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap: river of desire
Jenean C Gilstrap

It’s time for poetry and, like every Sunday, it’s time for  Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today, river of desire

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap: river of desire

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap: river of desire

river of desire

that ole river of desire

that molten flow of burnin’ fire

washed away all them words

you’d vowed to keep

an’ black an’ white got all blurred

slippin’ us both into the darkness deep

one glance at a time one touch at a time

knowin’ you were gonna be mine

no matter ever how brief

knowin’ it was gonna end in all that grief

an’ that ole river of desire

just kept on makin’ you a sinnin’ liar

but rivers run rapid down them hills

sweepin’ us both along for the kill

it wasn’t one but two that desired

two hearts of burnin’ fire

an’ that ole river ran mighty steep

holdin’ our love in its firey keep

couldn’t neither one get a breath

at love’s greatest depth

to save a soul to save a heart

one had to make the start

to swim to shore

an’ stay evermore

livin’ a life without light

never havin’ no love in the night

but leavin’ the other tangle free

‘stead of bein’ swept out to sea

lost to the serpents that waited for him

losin’ his way in the dark night dim

an’ so it was he made his way

always wonderin’ why she hadn’t stayed

an’ now she sits on that rocky shore

havin’ his love never no more

now that ole river of desire

keeps on burnin’ its mighty fire

two hearts just black black ashes

an’ no one hears her heart’s thrashes

Gypsy Woman World with Jenean C. Gilstrap

Gypsy Woman World with Jenean C. Gilstrap

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  • for this wonderful forum and weekly featuring of my poetry, many thanks to all at YAREAH MAGAZINE where everything is bright and beautiful!

  • Doomed love.
    I have just been reading “Elizabeth” by J. Randy Taraborrelli
    She and Richard Burton certainly slipped ‘into the darkness deep’.

    • hi pat! thanks so much for coming by and leaving a comment – your visits and comments always are far more than appreciated! oh, another book for my stack! will have to check it out – i’ve always been fascinated by the liz/richard saga! thanks again – and have a beautiful day!

    • oh, and yes…doomed love…but…some love always better than no love…

  • Isabel del Rio

    Because in the end, love is love and the river of desire cannot stop. Fantastic, Jenean.

    • yes…nothing can stop a raging river run rampant – no thing – and no one – just as love cannot be stopped… many thanks, isabel!

  • Peter Akinwumi

    A river whose course can only be maintained by a desire of two,..lapses on either half can bring to life lots of unpleasant situations.

    • maintained by two and while lapses of either may indeed bring unhappiness when running that ole river together…well, now…that’s a different story, is it not! 😉 many thanks, peter, for your visit and your comment!! more than appreciated!

  • (here martin) congratulations again, gypsy woman. see you tomorrow. Drinking time! ring, ring,!!!! (and hi peter, many thanks for the comment!

  • Trish

    Wow, this piece is mind-blowing, Jenean. The image of the river…vivid.

    • i’m always humbled by your comments, trish…i truly am…thank you! and i’m so very grateful for your visits here – and to my blog!

  • Isadora

    Yes, this lady is the best speaking of love and feelings. Congratulations Jenean Gilstrap

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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