Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: The Price of Admission

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: The Price of Admission
Jenean C Gilstrap
Iao Theater Box Office. Source: wikiepdia. Author::

Iao Theater Box Office. Source: wikiepdia. Author::

A MORAL DILEMMA – in today’s virtual world that is such a major part of our individual lives, both personally and professionally, reality may easily be colored/distorted by words – words being the currency of exchange in this virtual world – where words are the way of that world – the weapons even of that world – the world where human expression is frequently relegated upon, reduced to, words – where facial expression is not always seen but is, rather, supposed – a smile or a scowl left to be decided by the reading of words – truth versus deceit to be determined by the weaving of words and the virtuosity of the weaver of those words – but when that other holds what is perceived by many as a position of power – of advantage – a position that is viewed as a stepping stone for one’s own personal goals and ambitions –

today’s poem looks at the age-old moral dilemma of response to a situation when one learns that a certain entity is but a shadow – a ghost – of the individual persona presented to the world – and therein lies the dilemma – given that knowledge and choosing to continue on in that pseudo-relationship nevertheless, what, then, the cost of continuing…

the price of admission

what price you pay
for admission into the circle
the conniving circle
of deceit and dishonor
what price you pay
for admission into that kingdom

the kingdom of words
where words are written with jaded justification
without honor without integrity
where words serve but one purpose
the purpose of the perpetrator
where words are no more than ghostly remnants
of demented ego development
where words bind and blind
holding hostage the hearts of their readers
where words mold and mildew
without the warmth and light of honesty
where words drain and deplete
the souls of those from within
leaving nothing but the bleached carcasses
of those who believe
those who need to believe
those who need to belong
to belong to something
to someone
something/someone sinister
being better than not belonging to anything at all
those who give all because they lack everything
those kept in the darkness of deceit
until their vision dies along with their will
those kept in the madness of manipulation
until their hearts harden to reality

what price you pay
those who survive the scourge once
and once more see the light of knowledge
and once more hear the trumpet of truth
what price you pay
for re-admission
having found the path of freedom
choosing to return


what price you pay

for admission into



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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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