Poetry. Gypsy Woman World: the devil’s seeds and rough pages

Poetry. Gypsy Woman World: the devil’s seeds and rough pages
Jenean C Gilstrap

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gylstrap. Today, the devil’s seeds and rough pages

Poetry. Gypsy Woman World the devil’s seeds and rough pages

Detail of a 16th century painting by Jacob de Backer in the National Museum in Warsaw. Photo credit: wikipedia

the devil’s seeds

like rusty nails


into wooden pails

bleedin’ out in crimson streams

dreams decayed laid to rest

in windblown nests

wanderin’ the wastelands

of times erased by desert sands

ain’t nothin’ never for free

hope now a tarnished memory

walkin’ them lonesome streets

of my heart’s ghost town

lost love now satan bound

empty but for the

tumblin’ tumbleweeds

the devil’s seeds

silent but for the ragin’ screams

of my dyin’ dreams

like rusty nails


into all them pails


rough pages

weathered words

speak dark the ages

 soft hands dredge

o’er love’s rough pages

barbed wire bound

between torn covers

guarding secrets

of her lover’s

as seams of their

dark ancient dreams

rip wide to loose

the tattered schemes

and hearts bleed out

in rushing streams

captive now in rusted cages

lost souls scream in silent rages

wasted lives speak dark the ages


Gypsy Woman World with Jenean C. Gilstrap

Gypsy Woman World with Jenean C. Gilstrap

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  • 31 weeks and 61 pieces of my SUNDAY POETRY feature! many many thanks for your ongoing support of my work – your endorsement means so much and i remain honored and humbled to be part of the YAREAH FAM!

    • 31 amazing weeks and 61 fantastic pieces, Jenean. A honor to have Jenean C Gilstrap poetry every Sunday at Yareah Magazine

      • you know that saying…time flies when you’re having fun! …well, that’s how it is here – at yareah…where all things bright and beautiful surround the reader – and the contributors! many thanks for all the fun times past and those to come!!!

  • Very well done, Jenean C Gilstrap

    • many many thanks, isabel…your comments always mean so much and i thank you for them –

  • A pleasure to share column with you, Jenean C Gilstrap. I love these two poems: Specially The Devil’s Seeds, really exciting. Congratulations

    • how very nice of you to say…you know, sometimes something we write, notwithstanding that we wrote it ourselves, rings so beautifully to us that it is as if we had not written it and we wonder from whence it came – “the devil’s seeds” is one of those for me – it is one of my favorites of my own pieces – and i’m so happy that you enjoyed it as well – thanks so much for taking the time not only to read my words, but to leave such a kind comment! and yes, a pleasure sharing yareah with you, too! a wonderful magazine where all things are bright and beautiful! 😉

  • (here martin) Congratulations again for your poetry, lady Gilstrasp. We are always honored!

  • Trish

    Got my Gypsy fix for the week! I love both of these. The Devil’s Seeds is particularly compelling.

  • Love this section.

    • thank you so much! so glad you enjoy and i hope you’ll come again! many thanks!

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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