Sunday Poetry by Jenean C. Gilstrap: Death on Wing

Sunday Poetry by Jenean C. Gilstrap: Death on Wing
Jenean C Gilstrap
A human skull, widely used as a symbol of death. Source: flickr. Author: Kessiye

A human skull, widely used as a symbol of death. Source: flickr. Author: Kessiye

Death on Wing…garish images of slain children and twisted wreckage of homes assault our senses daily – children playing in the sand face the death squad of incoming missiles – report after report of the horrific acts committed against the innocents bombards the media – all taking place in the holy land – and all of which by any standard, is unholier than hell itself – the world sits in its insulated living rooms in front of its insulated television sets and mutters under its breath how tragic – how horrible – these acts of inhumanity – yet – since time immemorial the same scenes have played themselves out on the landscape of humanity – in the name of religion – or whatever –  and – they continue – what will it take – what will it really really take – for us – the world – each of us individually and all of us collectively – to stop the madness – to stop the murder – to end that thing called war – it doesn’t begin and end with israeli this or palestinian that – it begins with every single one of us inhabiting this planet – it begins in our hearts – hearts that are hardened and callous and greedy – hearts that no longer can see clearly because of the hatred that darkens their spirits – hearts that long since have died but which remain beating – it is incumbent upon each of us to remember this…there but by the grace of, go we…it is time to refurbish our dark hearts with love and light and that almightiest of things – forgiveness – it is time to speak up and act out – not in hatred or misinformation or in alignment with any entity other than that one called humanity – let the madness stop – let it begin with us – let it begin now – remember, it takes a village to raise a child- so, too, does it take a village to save a child –

today’s poem is dedicated to those children playing in the sands of gaza as their lives were ripped from them by incoming tidal waves of hatred and greed…


death on wing

death on wing flies the dark skies

payin’ no mind to the babies’ cries

as the heavens open wide

pourin’ down the red red pain

of greed and lust for land domain

what rights do the ghosts of gaza retain

streets paved with bodies slain

homes blown to dust in this horror reign

killing of innocents is whose black gain

shields of children the brave soldiers make

why oh why did their hearts forsake

and leave them to become satan’s snakes

and whose turn will next come to pass

sons and daughters to be amassed

by the idf and their top notch brass

days filled with missiles of dread

nights ripped apart by hatred bred

the dead are dead

nothing left to be said

murder and mahem by self-righteous hands

blowin’ with the winds like grains of sand

love and light blown to shreds by this blood band

but what will become of this fighting tide

when from the court of karma they cannot hide

and it’s too late their fate to set aside

peace don’t come easy

in this unholy land

peace don’t come easy

in this




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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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