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



06 July 2020

no return war

Here are the first, third, and fifth stanzas of “no return war”:

when I didn’t come back from war my family grieved
they held onto hope
that my missing wasn’t a departure
that my missing was only regret to inform
whereabouts unknown



my family went through my belongings
my photos
my clothing
my mementos:  foreign stamps, coins
we don’t always know the people closest to us





my chaplain tried to help
but it’s something a family has to do
they all wondered about the small wooden box
metal hinges
a simple lock
silk lined

© 3 July 2020
Cindy B. Stevens

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