Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: The Vacancy

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: The Vacancy
Jenean C Gilstrap
Hopper. The Room. 1931

Hopper. The Room. 1931

the vacancy…

she sits

in a room

void of life

her back to the open windows

virgin white sheers blow

the particles of her shattered life

blue walls wrapping

her slumped skeleton

still she sits

staring at the cold hard floor

her lonely arms limp in her lap

she sits

and stares

but her eyes

are met with nothing but emptiness

nothing on either side of them

everything blank


she wonders

where it all went

those things that are no more

that have ceased to exist

that have disappeared

from her sight

her hearing

her touch

her lips

from her very life

where are they now

the sight of him

the sound of him

the feel of him

the taste of him

his love

his life

their life

and now

her own life

where are they now



and so

she sits

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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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