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Poetry by Jenean C. Gilstrap, Gypsy Woman. Today: the bearing of lucy

Poetry by Jenean C. Gilstrap, Gypsy Woman. Today: the bearing of lucy
Jenean C Gilstrap

the bearing of lucy

the fruit of her womb always ripe

with lips painted bright in zebra stripes

she swallows the secrets of the nile

and tastes the glory of the wild

when she speaks in silent sound

rhinos circle round and round

and herons rise in gentle flight

taking with them the soft sahara nights

her heart swims in waters deep

cresting the waves where centuries meet

and waits once more for peace to keep

but nothing comes save defeat

tears of rouge from crying eyes

wash the tides of time that write

the story of that which cannot hide

from the gods’ own bloody blight

from her breasts suck the weak and the strong

those who do right and those who do wrong

ebony feet planted steep in the ground

in her arms the bounty of life is bound

dust of gold sparkles in her hair

and births the stars on nights laid bare

between her long firm legs as time with time collides

spewing forth the man-sperm in an endless tide

and so it is

that from her loins

was delivered

unto us

grandmother

who is called

lucy

she

is

africa

~

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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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