Sunday Poetry by Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: The Veredict

Sunday Poetry by Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: The Veredict
Jenean C Gilstrap
Statue of Lustitia by John Massey Rhind. Source: wikipedia.

Statue of Lustitia by John Massey Rhind. Source: wikipedia.

The Issue of Incest – Most societies throughout history have held as taboo the sexual activity between family members and other close relatives. The most commonly reported cases of incest in the US involve father-daughter with mother-child incest being the least reported. Today’s poem addresses the issue of mother-child incest involving both a son and a daughter, from the point of view of the abused children. It illustrates just who the children view as the guilty party. The verdict, however, is yours.

the verdict

childless father
fatherless children
faces float
in the flood
of forgetting
of forgiving

o father father

daddy dressed
in shades of absentia
by marital misery
who could not see
what could be seen

o father father

children’s dreams
dashed by
darkened rooms
prodding fingers
and mother love
gone bad

o father father

to hell
his shadow son
invisible daughter
doors fling open
but no one is there

o father father

spirits crash
through the cracks
while birds sing
and their wings wind
round the necks of
the innocents

o father father

as memories fall
into the abyss
and the moon
hides the guilty
the one who did
the one who did

father father
where were you
father father
why did you
leave us

with her

o child of mine
o child of mine

i did not see
i did not know

can you not
now forgive me

and lions roar
on coliseum floors

thumbs up
thumbs down


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  • Tina Purplenblue Clowes Kay

    Wow!! Magnificent poem speaking for the children, muted by fear, shame, pain and rejection..Those few lines hold true the lifetimes prison sentence for the many innocent children out there who suffer while the world looks the other way or is too blind to really see..

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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