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



28 September 2019

my thunder







sharing one stanza of “my thunder”, a brief lyric poem:





thunder
scares me
wraps my brittle bones
black kettledrum
crashes
splinters my smoking door

© 23 July 2017
Cindy B. Stevens

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22 September 2019

collateral damage


This poem, “collateral damage”, took me almost four years to complete.  It started in 2013, then I had to leave it alone for three years, before taking it back in 2016.  Here are three stanzas:

some secrets damage
community
family
relationship
me

I’m no priest
I didn’t want to hear Rodney’s trembled voice confess his sordid secret
seek absolution

he dumped it on me
I went home
showered
the secret wouldn’t drain
to the septic system

© Cindy B. Stevens
23 July 2017

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16 September 2019

if I tell you



only the middle stanza of a recently written poem, “if I tell you”, which was inspired and completed in two weeks, 1 day; somewhat unusual for me as a poet:

if I tell you that my dreams
my off somewhere, that my
nightmares have become real, then
my shadows have sanctioned their shadows
to slaughter my sleep

© 2 August 2019
Cindy B. Stevens

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10 September 2019

a metal me

a few lines from “a metal me”:


I rip me open

I’m exposed, except for Elijah’s mantle that spills over me

like a surgical drape


should I wait?

should I leave?

should I pray?

© 2 August 2019
Cindy B. Stevens

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04 September 2019

indigo beach

I’m sharing three lines from “indigo beach”, a concise poem:

my sand-washed mind

moon dominated

it lures my twilight

© 20 July 2018
Cindy B. Stevens

 #moon #indigo #twilight #AmWriting #BeWriting #BookLove #Bookworm #Dream #IGpoet #IGpoetry #IloveWriting #Inspiration #LoveWriting #Poet #PoetLife #Poetry #PoetryBlog #PoetryLover #Reading #Write #WriterLife #WritersCommunity #WritersCorner #WritersNetwork #WritersOfIG #WritersOfInstagram #Writing #Wordsmith #AmEditing #NC

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