Poetry by Jenean C. Gilstrap. My Wild Irish Roots

Poetry by Jenean C. Gilstrap. My Wild Irish Roots
Jenean C Gilstrap
Remains of the 12th-century Trim Castle in County Meath, the largest Norman castle in Ireland.

Remains of the 12th-century Trim Castle in County Meath, the largest Norman castle in Ireland.

With the celebration of things Irish having taken place just a month ago and with the annual flourishing of spring’s new growth in nature, but mostly with the call of my own DNA this time of year, this piece was written – an ode to Ireland and to life and to the roots of us all, wherever they may be planted…

my wild irish roots…

my wild irish roots
hold me
bind me
set me free

hold me
in the arms
of my ancestors
now fodder of
rocky hillsides
and lush green fields

bind me
to the soil
brimming with my dna
mulched with
history’s bones
as clinging vines
of memories sing
no more

bind me
to the bosom
of melancholy
as lonesome gulls
cry in the night
to the strains of
uilleann pipes
on soaring cliffs
and waters gray
fallen angels interrupted

free me to fly
on raven’s wings
o’er ancient dreams
and castles in the skies
o’er sacred isles
burning fires
and golden moon
spirits of stone undisturbed
by my
wild irish roots


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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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