Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: the perfect attire

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: the perfect attire
Jenean C Gilstrap
A Dinner Table at Night, 1884, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. John Singer Sargent

A Dinner Table at Night, 1884, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. John Singer Sargent

the perfect attire

their lives

now the imitation

of their wardrobes

lives of meticulous perfection

lives of appropriate attire

not too low

not too high

not too anything

lives of soundless severity

coiffed and polished

and neatly crisply put away

for another day

to be shown displayed

at the right time

the right place

with the right people

the passion of their

life now relegated

to the accessories

on the table of marriage

a touch of red here and there

in just the right spot

artificially lit

dimmed at the switch

coloring flaws invisible

a crystalline heart empty

except for special occasions

holding a bouquet of

life plucked from the earth

life within bounds

the decanter of life’s experiences

only partially drunk

not too much

not too little

just right

he has his place

she, hers

and never the twain to meet

but for the neat linen fabric

of the dinner table

he feigns not his disdain

of her of their life together

his chair turned and open

ready for quick retreat

for his withdrawal

from her

from them

and she

she has her place

and lives it well

pulled tightly against

the hard surfaces of her life

of their marriage

the hard surfaces of him

her neck strained

strained from the

strained reality of

their marriage

of her strained existence

the downward slant of

facial expressions painting

the family portrait

with vague memories

of youth’s precious jewels

held in place by the smallest

most discreet remnants of

sparkle in the imitation locks

and her porcelain hands laid in

perfect unison perfectly

grasping the holy sacrament

in covert defiance of dionysus

and so they sit in silence

indifferent apathetic silence

in their indifferent marriage

their indifferent lives

dressed in their

perfect attire




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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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