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



26 March 2020

giving thanks

Sharing the last two stanzas from “giving thanks”:

for wood walks
music
stories
dance
quiet

for hugs
friends
tears
family
laughter
community

© 24 November 2019
Cindy B. Stevens

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20 March 2020

glass shadow

Two stanzas from “glass shadow”:

sometimes it’s blindfolded
intoxicated on a ballet stage
other times, it’s a brandished claymore

it flays my flesh
appears aloof, walls no one
sees, copes with day
torment, misery
at night, it spins in a disco ball head
it’s all I have

© 21 December 2019
Cindy B. Stevens

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14 March 2020

tragedy divined

Sharing the first stanza of “tragedy divined”, a short poem:

my tragedies crave to cloak
hide
submerge me
my tragedies want to inhibit me

© 2 December 2019
Cindy B. Stevens


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08 March 2020

holy hell

This poem came from images in a graphic dream.  Here are the second, fourth, and eighth stanzas from “holy hell”:

thugs wear children faces
they carry guns under their shirts
knives tucked at ankles
they agitate hostility
spark skirmishes
explode malevolence

they don’t know their nightmare has my face
until they turn the street corner
my gun is just for looks
I hold it loosely in my bloody fingers
from a fight already won

maybe I should take that trip to heaven
walk out the kitchen door
click the latch
sip whisky with my friends
Lucifer will join us
he’ll remember I don’t like whisky
he’ll fix a cup of tea for me instead
with sugar, cream
cookies, crackers

© 29 November 2019
Cindy B. Stevens

#holy #hell #tea #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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02 March 2020

the pancake house

Sharing the last stanza from “the pancake house”:

nice people greet me by name at the Pancake House
they warm my boysenberry syrup
bring me extra sausages
sometimes crispy bacon
they remind me to take my purse when I leave

© 21 September 2019
Cindy B. Stevens

#special #breakfast #pancakes #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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