Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap: ecclesiastical rags

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap: ecclesiastical rags
Jenean C Gilstrap

It’s Sunday and it’s time for Jenean C. Gilstrap and her Gypsy Woman World. Today, ecclesiastical rags

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap ecclesiastical rags

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap ecclesiastical rags

ecclesiastical rags

let me shed

these threadbare rags

clothes of convention

wardrobe of society

ecclesiastical attire

the dirty laundry of

women like me

of women

of me

of me

these garments

that encumber me so

that stifle and stigmatize

that suffocate my soul

suffer me so

suffer my heart

rip them from my body

strip them away from the meat of my bones

tear them from my pure white flesh

their touch igniting burning branding

the texture of my thoughts

then throw them back

from whence they came

from whence they were sent

into the cesspools

of their own making

they have designed their own demise

and will inherit their own destruction

in their own way and in their own time

and i

i shall dress

i shall dress me

in the fabric of my imagination

the tapestry of tangible visions

woven from the heartstrings

of mine own spirit

i shall wear frocks of silken silence

shaped by voices unheard

sewn with the threads of

my heart’s love

dressing or not dressing

in my own way and in my own time

and i

i shall live

i shall live by the dictates

of mine own heart

by the requisites

of love


that guides me

bears me with its beauty

with its truth

upholding that which is good

which bears no evil

which loves for loves sake alone

giving all to love for love

asking nothing in return

loving as i go

in my own way and in my own time

and i

i shall love

i shall love you






words unspoken/pg. 39

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  • much gratitude for YAREAH’s ongoing endorsement of these words of mine – and for my faithful readers who follow along on this journey – many many thanks!

  • Dewey Edward Chester

    Yes, Jenean; I am becoming one of those faithful readers of yours on Sunday, as I am beginning to discover that our thoughts and ideas somehow mesh together, for instance, my Episode 10, discusses a woman stripping from her clothes and becoming my “Helen of Troy,” enabling her to “change a culture,” doing this. And here your poem, in a suggestive sort of way is saying the same thing……so odd, when creative people show themselves…on the way toward the path of Truth. Thank you, and Yareahmagazine for sharing.

    Your faithful reader,

    • thank you so much for your kind comment…it’s always so good to know that one’s words have touched someone else…

  • Trish MacGregor

    Your words leave me speechless. These sunday entries escalate in beauty and depth.

    • from you, this comment is so very very meaningful – and my heart thanks you – and, as i’ve said before, your writings touch me in ways inexplicable, leaving me quite speechless, too…

      many many thanks, lady! not just for the words here, but for your ongoing support and encouragement!

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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