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Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: Home

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: Home
Jenean C Gilstrap
Lions painted in the Chauvet Cave. This is a replica of the painting from the Brno museum Anthropos. The absence of the mane sometimes leads to these paintings being described as portraits of lionesses. Source: Wikipedia. Author: HTO - Own work (own photo)

Lions painted in the Chauvet Cave. This is a replica of the painting from the Brno museum Anthropos. The absence of the mane sometimes leads to these paintings being described as portraits of lionesses. Source: Wikipedia. Author: HTO – Own work (own photo)

home
.
his flesh bears the weight
of ten thousand years and more
weathered bones cast aside
by weary spirits
on their journey
to nowhere
.
vultures lined the chambers
of his barren heart
watching
waiting
for
for just one sliver
one shard
of life
to be gleaned
from the bleached fossils
.
his vision clouded
by the dark waters
of time
and
his taste soured
by the putrified carcasses
of dreams undreamed
his hearing deaf
now to all but
the sounds
of silence
.
ancient voices
long since mute
no longer guide his path
and the path once smooth
now cast in lost memories
and skulls of ancestors
.
he longs for
the painted days of
red ochre deer
his wolf beside him
for nights lit by torches
when ritual and magic
reached to the heavens
.
his childhood footprints
etched in the floor of clay
the only remaining remnants
of
his
life
of
him
.
he
longs
for
home
.
he
longs
for
chauvet
.
.
.
.
.
This poem inspired by the little boy whose footprints were discovered in the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in the south of France – a cave that contains the earliest known and best preserved figurative cave paintings in the world. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chauvet_Cave

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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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