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



27 December 2019

before

“before” is a simple, five stanza poem; sharing the first and last stanzas:

while in the womb
how can it be
that God knew me
before

. . . 

knows me coming
knows me going
how can it be
that God knew me
before

© 13 December 2019
Cindy B. Stevens

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21 December 2019

flesh and blood

Here are the second and next to last stanzas of “flesh and blood”.  The entire poem is in Naked, © 2018, Main Street Rag Publishing Company.

my day stretches out with its guarantee of apathy
I see pain-etched faces akin to old window glass
I watch the heavy, summer wind blow my hat
from one end to the other on the rear window car ledge
like my unanchored belief
 

if I follow my path
I’ll arrive at the manger
in the dark, alone
with only donkeys and goats
for company

© 2018       Cindy B. Stevens



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15 December 2019

bare skin

I wanted a Christmas poem to share with you, ten days prior, and decided on “bare skin”, which appears, in its entirety, in Naked, © 2018, Main Street Rag Publishing Company.  Here are the first and last three stanzas of this melancholic poem:

I feel his bare skin pressed against mine
intimate
snuggle in soft sheet luxury
on a cold, no alarm, Saturday morning

. . . 

lights are on
fire’s laid
it’s a full moon Christmas

I fill my glass
practice the art of the dunk
air bubbles shoot to surface and pop
I scoop the chocolate chip cookie chunk from my milk

Santa died
it’s hard to sleep

© 2018       Cindy B. Stevens

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09 December 2019

I make change

Here’s the first stanza of “I make change”:

I’m a fallen angel
                                    in my laced-up
                                    buckled
                                    zippered
                                    burnt-orange
                                    knee-high leather
                                    boots, I walk
past the greeter towards the third pew

© Cindy B. Stevens
7 October 2016


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03 December 2019

I cope

“I cope” speaks of needs and acceptance; here are seven lines:


pain grinds me like a coffee bean
I need escape
need a brew

I wait
watch
want
light

© Cindy B. Stevens
21 July 2017


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