Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: the waves of time

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: the waves of time
Jenean C Gilstrap
Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: the waves of time

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: the waves of time

the waves of time

july the fourth was to be the day

when freedom for all was supposed to stay

we hold these truths

42 signers of equal rights were slave owners all

founding fathers filled with hypocrisy and gaul

to be self-evident

but they didn’t want their property bein’ transferred

and chose greed and greenbacks over their own words

that all men

gone now two hundred and thirty nine years

but how many deaths how many tears

are created equal

year after year and it’s still the same

racism and hate the name of the game

that they are endowed

faces of hate hide under sheets of white

as they burn their crosses in the hot southern night

by their creator

flags of rebels poison the wind

the message of oppression they still send

with certain inalienable rights

figures of concrete on courthouse squares

become symbols of hatred hard to bear

that among these are

ridin’ on the waves of time

this country thinks it’s doin’ just fine


but churches keep burnin’

and children keep yearnin’


for a day when the color of skin

is not the beginning or the end

and the pursuit of happiness



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  • many thanks and much gratitude to YM and its editors MARTIN CID and ISABEL del RIO YAREAH! with SPECIAL thanks and gratitude to all my readers! you are my sun shine!

    • Always a pleasure, jenean. And an honor, of course. TY very much

  • Plum Tree Books

    Fabulous poem, Jenean. Hard-hitting and needing to be said. All ideals. It seems we can never achieve them.

    • thank you so very much for coming over to read me and especially for leaving a comment! much much appreciated, @facebook-1123018466:disqus

      • Plum Tree Books

        I know how much it means to have people visit your blog and leave a comment. You are most welcome. Apart from which, I love this poem.

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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