Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap: my name is huda

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap: my name is huda
Jenean C Gilstrap
Child Holding a Dove Pablo Picasso - 1901

Child Holding a Dove Pablo Picasso – 1901

We Are All in One…

the concept is so simple and is the basic tenet of organized religion since the beginning of time – love thy neighbor as thyself and do unto them as you would have them do unto you – yet, in the very land known as the holy land, this tenet is long forgot – it is forgotten by the very people named as the chosen ones in that land – or so it seems in that land – the holy land that is no longer holy – it is forgotten as tidal waves of missiles and idf soldiers continue – it is forgotten as the slaughter of innocents continues – it is forgotten as death and despair continue with entire families defiled/destroyed in bombings on the sands of their homeland – it is forgotten –  it is forgotten by world leaders around the globe – it is forgotten by many of us collectively and individually – it is forgotten –

this piece is dedicated to a young girl who survived a barbaric attack several years ago when most of her family was annihilated as they gathered for a beach picnic on the shores of gaza – her name is HUDA – she is not forgotten –


my name is huda

my name is huda

i am the child you waited for

i am the hope of your tomorrow

the dream of your today

i am the sparkle in your eye

your love come to stay

my name is huda

the daughter you would die for

i will bring you grandchildren

whose sweet faces you never will kiss

i will sing you sweet songs

that can’t be heard above the hiss

of silver vultures shredding skies

raining down grief upon those

left behind and those who are to die

my name is huda

i am your sister

i will dance barefoot in the sands of time

as time is shattered by death’s firing lines

and darkness swallows this life of mine

while the world looks the other way

evil here has come to stay

how might it all be held at bay

my name is huda

i am your cousin

i will take care of you when you are old

give you shelter from the cold

i am neither brave nor bold

it is simply that you are my loved one

whom i cherish most under the sun

and i will be with you when this is all done

my name is huda

i am your wife

my father is gone

my brothers my sisters my cousins too

i have no one now save for you

i am yours

i am you


we are all


our name




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  • to HUDA and all the other innocents in palestine…you are not forgotten…would that i had more than mere words…

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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