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 October 2019

Mama's humor


a stanza from “Mama’s humor”

I forget what my humor sounds like
before I was shot to death
before I couldn’t resuscitate
these days, I forget those anniversaries
sometimes I forget the tragedies
most times I forget how to joke
and I don’t remember what my laugh sounds like
 
© 2 August 2019
Cindy B. Stevens

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22 October 2019

Lucifer says



a glimpse of “Lucifer says”

resurrection binds my hands
my wrists burn with dawn
prophesy chafes my bones

I’m a bird’s cry
I harmonize piano melody
I come from an open door where David sings his blues
he pours out his soul
it sparkles like scotch in a tumbler

every and each changed tide
blows my flame
tickles my heart
I recognize the gritty love of
Bethlehem
here, breathe my sulfur

© 27 April 2019
Cindy B. Stevens

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16 October 2019

liquid

a portion of “liquid”

surrounded by bricks and wrought-iron
I cultivate secrets
stockpile seedlings
acquire heirlooms

but fragrant Wisteria strangles
my Hawthorn hedge integrity and
Silver Maple roots breach my wall

© 14 November 2017
Cindy B. Stevens

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10 October 2019

praying for drought

here are the first and last stanzas from another recent poem, “praying for drought”, that I imagined on 1 March with the line “he builds a nest in the rain”; it wouldn’t leave me alone during March or July, and has agonizingly finalized itself:

I don’t think god cared I kept my absent parent fears locked
inside my diary
hidden in my closet, because
god didn’t speak up
and rain came
most every afternoon
it tried to drown my ivy


I don’t remember when
the rain
stopped
I don’t want to remember
the rain

© 2 August 2019
Cindy B. Stevens

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04 October 2019

found


this poem, “found”, began as a rambling piece, and here are four lines of the nine remaining lines of certainty:


Jesus tells me I’m not as lost as I think

salvation is not in my reflection

my voice

head

© 16 August 2017
Cindy B. Stevens

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