Dedicated to the 239 Spirits on Board Flight MH370. Poem: Ghost Riders 239 by Jenean C. Gilstrap

Dedicated to the 239 Spirits on Board Flight MH370. Poem: Ghost Riders 239 by Jenean C. Gilstrap
Jenean C Gilstrap
Dedicated to the 239 Spirits on Board Flight MH370. Poem: Ghost Riders 239 by Jenean C. Gilstrap. Photo: @Jenean C. Gilstrap

Dedicated to the 239 Spirits on Board Flight MH370. Poem: Ghost Riders 239 by Jenean C. Gilstrap. Photo: @Jenean C. Gilstrap

With 239 spirits on board, on March 8, 2014, Flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on a night flight to Beijing China. Less than an hour later, somewhere in the vast darkness of the skies, the plane last made contact with Air Traffic Control. It has not been heard from since.

There were no distress calls from the crew, no indications of bad weather in the path of the plane, no indications of technical problems – the plane simply disappeared from radar and from us.

Three weeks later, the international search continues for Flight 370 and its crew and passengers. However, the mystery of this lost craft grows with each passing day – as do the chances of finding this ghost ship and the 239 spirits on board. To these vanished souls, this poem is dedicated…

Dedicated to the 239 Spirits on Board Flight MH 370

ghost riders 239

sail spirit ship sail
through the invisible veil

the boeing bird done gone astray
seems to have lost its lonesome way

ghost riders in the sky

as dream shadows fall
from the dark of the moon
ripples of time can’t be recalled
sleepin’ spirits in a silver cocoon

ghost riders on the high

and lost souls mourn their blind eyes
can’t hear nothin’ for the hue and cry
slivers of hope cast to the skies
waitin’ on technology to open wide

ghost riders in the sky

but the crow flies its straight path
headed now to the glory bath
ain’t gonna git in the way of fate’s bloody wrath

ghost riders on the high

don’t nobody know deep down in the ocean wide
just where this ship’s gone to hide

ghosts riders 239
singin’ their songs in three quarter time

seven seven seven
the bells toll in heaven

and the spirit ship sails
through the invisible pale

ghost riders

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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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