Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: The Cosmic Rite

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: The Cosmic Rite
Jenean C Gilstrap

THE COSMIC RITE this week’s Sunday Poetry feature of Jenean C. Gilstrap memorializes a real-life dream experience that subsequently was intertwined with reality…

Bear Butte, in South Dakota, is a sacred site for over 30 Plains tribes. Author of the Photo: Stefan Fussan

Bear Butte, in South Dakota, is a sacred site for over 30 Plains tribes. Author of the Photo: Stefan Fussan

the cosmic rite 

it was an ancient dream

borne in dark primal screams

of bones wrapped tight

in purest white

a thousand moons ago

last night

and the elders sat

in long black braids

neatly wrapped in wisdom’s ways

silent tongues speak

teaching me

the messenger comes

walls of snow

times four

then he walked tall

through the door

white on white on red

he was the one

the wise ones said

who came to me

to set me free

to take me home

no more my soul

to roam

and in his sight

i saw the light

it was an ancient dream

borne in dark primal screams

as spirits took flight

in cosmic rite

a thousand moons ago

last night


View Comments (7)
  • another week to be humbled by inclusion in YAREAH! many thanks and much gratitude to both of you, Martin and Isabel, for your dedication to providing this wonderful forum for artists around the globe –
    and to all my readers and followers here, my heart thanks each and every one of you!

  • Beautiful Jenean. And Red On White is also very significant!

  • thanks so very much Niamh! shortly after this dream, i attended a large function where the male figure in my dream was a major participant – i’d never been to that function before nor had i ever seen him – but there he was – later a friend who knew him told me that among their group[s] he was known as “the messenger” and that it was a very very big deal for him to have appeared in my dream – not long ago, i ran his name and came across him [he’s now a very well known national figure] on facebook – and we are now friends –
    thanks again!

    • Cynthia Lea Flowers

      🙂 That’s a really great story.

  • Bob Smoke

    Love this Jenean, think you would guess I would. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience…we are so deep…just a blink of the eye of who we are and where we’ve been. xo

  • yes- i thought you might, bob, and am so glad you do – we are all hanging onto that thin red thread that winds through the universe…

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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