Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: porcelain love

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: porcelain love
Jenean C Gilstrap

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: porcelain love

Soft-paste porcelain Swan tureen, 1752-6, Chelsea.. Source: wikipedia. Author: Simon Speed

Soft-paste porcelain Swan tureen, 1752-6, Chelsea.. Source: wikipedia. Author: Simon Speed

porcelain love

when i left that day

slipped away


i could not stay

there was nothing

i could take

tangible evidence

that we once were

that the we of us existed

no painting on the wall

nor porcelain figurine

no snapshot momentos

of the trips we never took

no hand carved box

filled with all those

trinkets we never bought

there was no closet

i could empty

no suitcase

i could fill

no forget-me-nots

to be divided

and rooted

in the


of me




no visible

tangible evidence

of us


i carry with me

the worn baggage

of memories

the weight of which

my heart can hardly bear


of your scent

permeating still

the air i breathe

catching my lungs unaware

your smile that sweeps

across my flesh

singeing epidermis in its wake

your touch that invades

my soul filling it

till it runneth over

and your eyes

that hold hostage

my heart



there is

no evidence

of us

save for

il mio cuore spezzato


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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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