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



22 September 2020

I remember to forget your birthday


The first stanza of “I remember to forget your birthday”:

two days ago, I remembered your birthday had passed

I didn’t think about it

or about you

I don’t miss anything about you

even though your photo still sleeps in my desk drawer, face down

when I pull it open, I don’t feel your eyes on me

 

© 18 August 2020

Cindy B. Stevens

 

#Art #ArtlixirPoetry #DarkPoetry #IGPoetry #IGPoets #InstaPoetry #Life #LovePoetry #MicroPoetry #Poem #Poet #Poetry #PoetryCommunity #PoetryGram #PoetryIsLife #PoetryIsNotDead #PoetryLovers #PoetryOfig #PoetryOfInstagram #PoetryPorn #PoetSociety #PoetsOfInstagram #SpilledInk #VeinHeartArtisans #Wordsmith #Writer #WritersOfInstagram #Writing

 

Photo credit:  natural-goods-berlin-VOS6akpHo1k-unsplash



16 September 2020

give me an angel

 The following pantoum is in my chapbook, Naked, published by The Main Street Rag Publishing Company:


give me an angel

 

every time I ignore God’s kiss

another fieldstone is dry stacked on my wall

Lucifer brings his morning light

curtains my windows with disobedience

 

another fieldstone is dry stacked on my wall

my faith, sometimes soft as lambskin

curtains my windows with disobedience

I am God’s challenge

 

my faith, sometimes soft as lambskin

it’s easier to unstack the miles of wall

I am God’s challenge

return stones to their field homes

 

it’s easier to unstack the miles of wall

give me an angel who will extinguish my Lucifer

return stones to their field homes

rescue me from rubble

 

give me an angel who will extinguish my Lucifer

burn my disobedient curtains

rescue me from rubble

every time I ignore God’s kiss

 

© 2018     Cindy B. Stevens

 

#pantoum #Art #ArtlixirPoetry #DarkPoetry #IGPoetry #IGPoets #InstaPoetry #Life #LovePoetry #MicroPoetry #Poem #Poet #Poetry #PoetryCommunity #PoetryGram #PoetryIsLife #PoetryIsNotDead #PoetryLovers #PoetryOfig #PoetryOfInstagram #PoetryPorn #PoetSociety #PoetsOfInstagram #SpilledInk #VeinHeartArtisans #Wordsmith #Writer #WritersOfInstagram #Writing

 

Photo credit:  magda-v-me5udcSd2H8-unsplash

13 September 2020

The Mugg-A Virtual Storyteller Series

An evening show with

poets, writers, singers, and comedians

Date:  Thursday, 17 September
 
Time:  7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EDT
 
Cost:  FREE
 
Register for your free ticket at

https://hemedstories.com/the-mugg




#TheMugg #Art #ArtlixirPoetry #DarkPoetry #IGPoetry #IGPoets #InstaPoetry #Life #LovePoetry #MicroPoetry #Poem #Poet #Poetry #PoetryCommunity #PoetryGram #PoetryIsLife #PoetryIsNotDead #PoetryLovers #PoetryOfig #PoetryOfInstagram #PoetryPorn #PoetSociety #PoetsOfInstagram #SpilledInk #VeinHeartArtisans #Wordsmith #Writer #WritersOfInstagram #Writing

 

10 September 2020

tail feathers

random thoughts frequently run through me; “tail feathers” begins with a random line, shared here, along with the first and last stanzas:

 

tail feathers

 

I wonder if it hurts when a pigeon drags tail feathers on concrete

 

Jonathan Byrd’s song, “Father’s Day”, made me cry

not because my father’s gone

but because I don’t miss him

my feathers stir shame with cement in my bag of sand

because I miss his absence

 

 

sometimes, my wings sing lonely

my songs oil my feathers

oil will get me where I’m going

it won’t take me home

 

© 19 October 2019

Cindy B. Stevens

 
















 #Sad #JonathanBryd #Art #ArtlixirPoetry #DarkPoetry #IGPoetry #IGPoets #InstaPoetry #Life #LovePoetry #MicroPoetry #Poem #Poet #Poetry #PoetryCommunity #PoetryGram #PoetryIsLife #PoetryIsNotDead #PoetryLovers #PoetryOfig #PoetryOfInstagram #PoetryPorn #PoetSociety #PoetsOfInstagram #SpilledInk #VeinHeartArtisans #Wordsmith #Writer #WritersOfInstagram #Writing


Photo credit:  kalpesh-patel-RPUD-n9V6E0-unsplash

09 September 2020

The Mugg - A Virtual Storyteller Series

 An evening show with poets, writers, singers, and comedians.

 

Date:  Thursday, 17 September

 

Time:  7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EDT

 

Cost:  only your time

 

Register for your free ticket at


 https://hemedstories.com/the-mugg

 

 

#TheMugg #Art #ArtlixirPoetry #DarkPoetry #IGPoetry #IGPoets #InstaPoetry #Life #LovePoetry #MicroPoetry #Poem #Poet #Poetry #PoetryCommunity #PoetryGram #PoetryIsLife #PoetryIsNotDead #PoetryLovers #PoetryOfig #PoetryOfInstagram #PoetryPorn #PoetSociety #PoetsOfInstagram #SpilledInk #VeinHeartArtisans #Wordsmith #Writer #WritersOfInstagram #Writing





06 September 2020

The Mugg-A Virtual Storyteller Series

An evening show with

 poets, writers, singers, and comedians

 

Date:  Thursday, 17 September

 

Time:  7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EDT

 

Cost:  only your time

 

Register for your FREE ticket at


 https://hemedstories.com/the-mugg

 

 

#TheMugg #Art #ArtlixirPoetry #DarkPoetry #IGPoetry #IGPoets #InstaPoetry #Life #LovePoetry #MicroPoetry #Poem #Poet #Poetry #PoetryCommunity #PoetryGram #PoetryIsLife #PoetryIsNotDead #PoetryLovers #PoetryOfig #PoetryOfInstagram #PoetryPorn #PoetSociety #PoetsOfInstagram #SpilledInk #VeinHeartArtisans #Wordsmith #Writer #WritersOfInstagram #Writing






04 September 2020

I watch me die



 The second stanza from “I watch me die”:

 

a chilly fog

I kneel

my hands, forehead touch ground

my body’s a faded pair of blue jeans

knees, a thread-bare faith

 

© Cindy B. Stevens

6 November 2018

 

 #kneel #eternity #fall #strength #Art #ArtlixirPoetry #InstaPoetry #Life #MicroPoetry #Poem #Poet #PoetsOfInstagram #PoetryCommunity #PoetryIsLife #PoetryIsNotDead #PoetryLovers #PoetryOfig #PoetryOfInstagram #PoetryPorn #PoetSociety #SpilledInk #Thoughts #Word #Write #Writer #WritersCommunity #WritersLife #WritersOfInstagram #Writing

 

Photo credit:  tom-butler-218-unsplash