Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenenan C. Gilstrap. Today: the time of the innocents

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenenan C. Gilstrap. Today: the time of the innocents
Jenean C Gilstrap
Parents of some of the victims of the 2014 Chibok kidnapping mourn their losses. Source: VOA. Author: VOA

Parents of some of the victims of the 2014 Chibok kidnapping mourn their losses. Source: VOA. Author: VOA

On April 14, 2014, hundreds of young girls were abducted from their school in Nigeria.  Their abductors led by Boko Haram and his band of Islamic extremists.  Despite some military offenses and searches, to date, the girls have not been found, although a few have managed to escape.  Global outrage continues.  This poem is dedicated to those missing girls who remain lost to their loved ones…lost to the world…lost…but not forgotten.

the time of the innocents

365 days

time held at bay

and still the school ground

silent screams

for the lost children

and their lost dreams

bring back our girls

into the jungle deep

the innocent ones keep

bound to the jackal

and his howling pack

yellow stripes paint their backs

cowards all are they

as on these little ones

they violently prey

bring back our daughters

a child a day

for their evil ways

as bombs spray down

on the extremists’ town

but still the innocents

are not found

mothers and fathers

hold tight in the night

praying the angels

see their light

bring back our girls

daughters sisters cousins

school rooms sit

barren and blue

weary and waiting

just for you

outrage rings

round the globe

justice will come

is the song it sings

little girls little girls

your hope

your dreams

do not forsake

bring back our daughters

you will be found

whatever it takes


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  • Isabel Del Río Yareah

    Really deep. I love it. Thanks for this sincere poem. Yes 365 days!

    • many thanks for your kind words Isabel – an unimaginable situation that most cannot even imagine – it seems inconceivable to me that those precious children have not been found –

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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