Sunday Poetry by Jenean C. Gilstrap: o little child, o holy child

Sunday Poetry by Jenean C. Gilstrap: o little child, o holy child
Jenean C Gilstrap

Incest in the United States is a staggeringly all too frequent crime involving one in every four young girls and one in every five boys, according to the statistics of one major reporting journal.  It is widely known and accepted that this crime, the crime of sexual acts against children by a family member, are vastly under-reported.  The reasons for this are many and obvious.  It is up to us as a society to protect our children and to punish the perveyors of these horrific acts.   We, each of us, must speak up and act out to our government and to the schools and other institutions to get the issue of child abuse made the priority it deserves.  In the meantime, we must, each of us, listen to the voices of the little ones – the innocents – when they do speak.  This poem is dedicated to all those little ones whose voices have not yet been heard.

Little girl with a dead bird , Jens Adolph Jerichau, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Source: wikipedia. Author: Thierry Caro

Little girl with a dead bird , Jens Adolph Jerichau, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Source: wikipedia. Author: Thierry Caro

o little child

o holy child

five digit play

comes to stay

white turns to black

in that


on that


when you

locked the door

of my heart

and those digits

entered my soul

your needs to feed

those digits of

dastardly deeds

those digits of


o mommie mommie

marked by dna

body of clay

mayhem and madness

stain the purity

of my soul as

blood drips onto

those invading digits

that counted the

moments of my

defiled innocence

digits of time

digits of crime

of slime

those digits of


o mommie mommie

wounds rip wide

sear my weary pride

as digits

tear through layers

of love gone bad

leaving me with

nothing had but

those digits of

demons’ dung

no hymns to

be sung no

bells to be rung

for me by

those digits of


o mommie mommie

childhood lost

adolesence tossed

and oceans crossed in

acts uncensored by

silent screams

carried by the tides

to that safe harbor

of denial where

all was light and

love was right

and the devil died

in the nights’

attack of

those digits of


o mommie mommie

and where was

the daddy

the father

the son

the holy ghost

and where was


as my spirit

was nailed to

the cross by

those digits of


o mommie mommie


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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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