Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: For the Love of Joan

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: For the Love of Joan
Jenean C Gilstrap

FOR THE LOVE OF JOAN this week’s Sunday Poetry feature of Jenean C. Gilstrap pays tribute to the memory of the young French woman Jeanne d’Arc, burned at the stake for alleged heresy, posthumously declared innocent and made a martyr…

 [show]Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780–1867). Joan of Arc at the Coronation of Charles VII. Oil on canvas, painted in 1854.

[show]Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780–1867). Joan of Arc at the Coronation of Charles VII. Oil on canvas, painted in 1854.

for the love of joan

night falls cross

her eyes

silent stars muffle

her cries

as burning embers

float to the skies

carrying prayers

to god on high

no mighty steed to carry her safe – she rides the back of ignorance and hate

nothing at stake but the stake of life – her life a mission of love and of strife

clouds of ash choke the light

she gave her all

for the valiant fight

nothing left of

a girl so young

as demons of dark

slice her tongue

and the

fire burned

and the

demons danced

and the

angels sang

and the



for the

love of joan

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  • it is not often that one is fortunate enough to be a part of such a dedicated community of artists as that here on yareah – of course, this is in no small part due to the ongoing dedication and diligence of both its founders – martin and isabel – to whom all of us – artists and readers/followers alike – owe a huge debt of gratitude – in my particular case, even more so, as they [editor martin] have had to contend with this temperamental leo personality – not always an easy task – however, never once have i been met with anything but absolute and total understanding and patience…and today, especially, i salute martin, for his patience of a saint, himself! thank you martin – thank you isabel – for all –

  • Plum Tree Books

    Always a pleasure¬

  • Walter Dain

    A wistful and telling reminder of the damage of ignorance when we must endure the ignorance and damage of ISis and other terrorists in our time. Well executed and pointed. Congratulations.

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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