Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: Walkin’ the Blues

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: Walkin’ the Blues
Jenean C Gilstrap
Blues. Bessie Smith, February 3rd 1936

Blues. Bessie Smith, February 3rd 1936

walkin’ the blues

you ask about my words

dark words

cryin’ words

sad haunted words

words colored with the blues

their sorrow

comes from the shadows

of them dark streets

where the sun don’t shine

where love is a one-way

dead-end alley

the heart’s barren tenements

testimony to the emptiness

of lonely days where

the only defense from

them elements of reality

lie in the black cloak

of endless nights

the only light beamin’

down from last year’s

twinklestars in the sky


james dean walkin’ down

in times square

that’s no longer square

just a closed circle

no way in

no way out

it’s true i feel haunted

but ain’t we all


haunted by somethin’


by ourself

from this life or

another life

haunted for sure

and threads of that haunting

trailin’ along with us still

leavin’ a legacy to be told

to be spoken

to be woven into words

haunted threads

waitin’ to be woven into words

and when the weavin’s done

displayed for all to see

to feel to taste to hear


sad haunted words


i’ve walked them streets

them streets of the blues

saw you there one night too

walked them blues

most of my life

know them streets

like the back of my hand

dark empty streets

harmonica wailin’

in the shadows

them streets of the unfulfilled

the unrequited the unlived

the boulevard of unlove

the avenue of unlife

still walkin’ them blues

right beside you


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  • Bob Smoke

    great blues!

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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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