Sunday Poetry by Jenean C. Gilstrap. What’s in a Name

Sunday Poetry by Jenean C. Gilstrap. What’s in a Name
Jenean C Gilstrap
Black-backed jackal. Source: wikipedia. Author: Yathin S Krishnappa

Black-backed jackal. Source: wikipedia. Author: Yathin S Krishnappa

For months, Nigeria has been under seige by a militant extremist group who prey upon the elderly and the young in their zealous rampages throughout villages, killing and taking hostage the innocents. Despite global condemnation of these acts and calls for governmental/military intervention in the rescue of these victims and in the capture of this group, to date, neither has ben accomplished. The question of why is for another day. Today’s poem focuses on the members of this extremist “pack.”

what’s in a name

silence shredded by the howling pack

as they circle now for their deadly attack

their teeth bared in frenzied lust

they hunt the weak because they must

cowardly creatures all are they

who choose the little as their prey

living prey their choice feast

they do not care to kill the beast

before ripping it apart

to the entrails and then the heart

watering holes are lined by day

with tongues that speak foul play

when the hunt bears none

they eat upon dropped balls of dung

territory marked with excrement

riddled now with their lethal scent

opportunistic omnivores

they run and hunt on all fours

black backed or golden side stripe

they are all one of the canas type

and so it is with the cowardly pack

running together on the abduction track

two legged omnivores one and all

preying on those old and small

their howl and bark rip through the skies

as innocents are tracked through evil eyes

predators by day and predators by night

their murderous appetite now a blight

upon a country filled with grief

but the government offers no relief

270 plus 91

when will all this terror be done

the numbers grow with each passing week

where are the hunters who evil should seek

murder and mayhem this deadly game

boko haram what’s in a name

a jackal is a jackal all the same


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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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