Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gisltrap. Today: The Darkened Forest

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gisltrap. Today: The Darkened Forest
Jenean C Gilstrap

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gisltrap. Today: The Darkened Forest

Mixed deciduous forest in Stara Planina, Serbia

Mixed deciduous forest in Stara Planina, Serbia

the darkened forest…

lost now
the essence of his light
that once had lit the way
out of her own darkness
the fragrance of his love
cast in a thousand wisps
of windblown time
and with the loss of these
these filaments
of her
there remained
only her mind
and her heart
her mind
now shattered into fragments
emptied of its life flow
it too began to disintegrate
to dissolve
into tarnished memories
memories tainted
by that demon time
falling into the
forest of forgotten faces
leaving only
her heart
the heart that
once beat to ancient drums
that beat as one
with his
to shallow pulses
flickering dimly
in the night of her sorrow
into the dank void
what had been
but that was

in the
darkened forest…

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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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