Poetry for Sunday with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap: the day of indigo blue

Poetry for Sunday with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap: the day of indigo blue
Jenean C Gilstrap
Poetry for Sunday with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap: the day of indigo blue. Photo: Mark Savage

Poetry for Sunday with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap: the day of indigo blue. Photo: Mark Savage

the day of indigo blue…

indigo blue
indigo blue
voices screaming
running with the
gurney of death
disguised as the
stretcher of life
down the sterile
incubator that was
the hall to that
room disguised
as the deliverer of life
that was in fact
the taker of life
as the birth giving
lips parted like
the red seas
ripped apart at
the hands of malicious
gods reeking of disregard
until it was too late
the damage done
to the now
blue baby boy
indigo blue
indigo blue
voices screaming
cavities bleeding
pack the emptiness
fill the void
stuff the hole
the whole
now made two
two made blue
but what to do
with the indigo blue
indigo blue
mouth that did
not cry
what to do
with the sea blue
eyes that did not see
what to do
what to do
with the indigo blue
fingers that could
not grasp
toes that could not curl
silent voice screaming
silent voice screaming
put him back
push him back
where he was safe
from the likes of
you who shut
her away in that
room with no end
who did not come
when the call came
who did not heed
the screaming pleas
inside the room
without hope
without light
where all was night
indigo blue night
made black
black death
black mourning
black morning
and the world of white
suffered biblical blight
nothing could make right

on this day of
indigo blue


View Comments (8)
  • my standing thanks and deepest gratitude to yareah and its founders – the wonderful martin cid and isabel del rio – and this week, a special thanks to my dear facebook friend and fabulous photographer MARK SAVAGE for the image accompanying my poem today! you’re all the very best of the best!

  • Paula McCauley-Shelton

    What a stunning accomplishment this poem is. The imagery is rich and powerful. Brava, Jenean!

    • paula – how generous of you to take the time to read my poem and to leave such a wonderful comment – my heart thanks you, poetlady…

  • Tina Clowes kay

    Where to start with this is haunting poem. A Mother’s worse nightmare lived, brought to life in this vivid and emotional write. The brutal cold received cries throughout. God bless you Jenean for your strength and heartfelt poetry <3

    • oh, tina – your comments always touch me as do your own words and i thank you –

  • Bob Smoke

    haunting chaotic terrorizing – a sensitive description. well done Jenean, grand poet!

    • dear bob – you never fail to move me with your words and my heart thanks you so –

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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