Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman. Today: the perfumed garden

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman. Today: the perfumed garden
Jenean C Gilstrap
Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman. Today: the perfumed garden

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman. Today: the perfumed garden

the perfumed garden

on nights
of velvet black

under trees of emerald green
they lay in love’s vanilla dreams
he was her king and she his queen

dark as the night were her eyes
darker still her her silken hair
deep as the ocean then her despair

as hands of love wound round and round
leaving not a whisper not a sound
no sigh of life to be found

silent now her muffled cries
that from her throat no longer rise
she will now the gods baptize

she is lost to him – his lady fair
no longer here – forever there
and he now with his heart laid bare
has nothing to say not even a prayer

how could life hold him still
when he now would die of his own free will
so with his knife his blood did spill

now the lovers sleep hereafter apart
never no more on this earth to consort

but on darkest nights of velvet black
she’ll meet him over there


in the garden

wearing jasmine blossoms
in her hair


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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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