why write?

I have to write what I hear in my head, what I dream in my sleep, what my bones ache to express.

My poems tell stories of strength, love, regret, disobedience, loss, hope, redemption, and whatever whispers to you.

—Cindy B. Stevens

Books Available

My first collection of poetry, Naked, is available for $12.00 at http://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product/naked-cindy-stevens/


For local readers, books are also available at:

Purple Crow Books in Hillsborough, NC

The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, NC



25 April 2019

silences

Here are a few lines from the stanzas in “silences”, a poem of struggle during God’s silences:

I want to believe
again
but silence cocoons me

I’m in my desert
sand
scratches my bones
scrapes my throat

I ask for a sign
but except for a sigh
god’s only sign is
more silence

no matter how hard I try I cannot ignore
crucifixion
to head straight for resurrection


© 5 April 2019
Cindy B. Stevens


#Crucifixion #Resurrection #Desert #Oasis#Believe #Belief #BeWriting #AmWriting #AmEditing #BookLove #Bookworm #BookwormForLife #IloveWriting #LoveWriting #Inspiration #IGpoet #IGpoetry #Poet #Poetry #PoetryBlog #PoetLife #PoetryLover #WriterLife #WritersOfInstagram #WritersOfIG #WritersCommunity #WritersCorner #Wordsmith #WritersNetwork #Write #Writing

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19 April 2019

no title yet

Here are few lines from a poem still in process on and I haven’t, yet, settled on the title:


my ears scream for any god sounds

god’s silence suffocates me

my demons resuscitate

god’s mother-womb is not my crystal ball

my turmoil will not make it so

© 12 December 2018
Cindy B. Stevens

#Silence #Darkness #God #Turmoil#BeWriting #AmWriting #AmEditing #BookLove #Bookworm #BookwormForLife #Dream #IloveWriting #LoveWriting #Inspiration #IGpoet #IGpoetry #Poet #Poetry #PoetryBlog #PoetLife #PoetryLover #WritersOfInstagram #WritersOfIG #WritersCommunity #WritersCorner #Wordsmith #WritersNetwork #Write #Writing #HillsboroughNC

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13 April 2019

kids

I love my kids.  They’re now grown men.  It was difficult to write a poem about how much I love them, but here’s the first stanza and the last two lines of the last stanza from my poem, “kids”:

if I’d known what sleepless nights felt like
how tired I’d be
most days
all day
I’d still want kids

but, if I could choose my kids
I’d want the ones I have

© 20 July 2018
Cindy B. Stevens


#Kids #Sleepless #Exhausted #Love#BeWriting #AmWriting #AmEditing #BookLove #Bookworm #BookwormForLife #Dream #IloveWriting #LoveWriting #Inspiration #IGpoet #IGpoetry #Poet #Poetry #PoetryBlog #PoetLife #PoetryLover #WritersOfInstagram #WritersOfIG #WritersCommunity #WritersCorner #Wordsmith #WritersNetwork #Write #Writing #HillsboroughNC

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07 April 2019

God loves a poet


Today, I’ll share two lines from each stanza of “God loves a poet”:

I beat the crap out of her again today
not all at once

I try to avoid her
“utility work, lane closed ahead, merge to your left”

for her, it’s easier to write
than talk

if she leads with the wrong foot
she falls

© 6 April 2019
Cindy B. Stevens


#Introvert #IndelibleInk #Merge #Complicated #BeWriting #AmWriting #AmEditing #BookLove #Bookworm #BookwormForLife #Dream #IloveWriting #LoveWriting #Inspiration #IGpoet #IGpoetry #Poet #Poetry #PoetryBlog #PoetLife #PoetryLover #WritersOfInstagram #WritersOfIG #WritersCommunity #WritersCorner #Wordsmith #WritersNetwork #Write #Writing #HillsboroughNC

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01 April 2019

laundry day

My poem, “laundry day”, has changed a lot since the first draft in 2012..  I’ve pared it down to just bones from a one-stanza 37-line piece to a three-stanza, 13-line piece and am sharing the last stanza with you:

his spin cycle slows
a buzzer sounds
he doesn’t remember
why he’s tangled and wrung out

© 7 January 2019
Cindy B. Stevens

#empty #lint #tangle #WrungOut #BeWriting #AmWriting #AmEditing #BookLove #Bookworm #BookwormForLife #Dream #IloveWriting #LoveWriting #Inspiration #IGpoet #IGpoetry #Poet #Poetry #PoetryBlog #PoetLife #PoetryLover #WritersOfInstagram #WritersOfIG #WritersCommunity #WritersCorner #Wordsmith #WritersNetwork #Write #Writing #HillsboroughNC

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