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



29 August 2020

shallow grave


The following poem was published in The Phoenix, Pfeiffer University’s literary journal:



shallow grave

Satan and God argue
about me
I can’t hear them
but I feel the rift

I keep my distance
I know to dodge their fire
ice
earthquake

I walk while I die
I suck in the Holy Spirit’s
second-hand smoke because
I won’t let her into my house

I never go far enough
they always find my shallow grave
where my shallow words
my shallow life lie

they pull me from my dirt
hose me off
dry me with their white hot light
each says there’s always hope

God and Satan argue
about me
one says I’m too far gone
one says I show promise

© 2019 Cindy B. Stevens
Published in The Phoenix, Pfeiffer University

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