I was sitting in his chair
Friday night after dark —
special circumstances for sullen redheads.
“You’ve faded,” the Stylist to the Stars said,
and I knew he was referring to more
than my tired locks, old with age.
“I need to bring you back to life.”
But what he was really saying was:
“If you don’t trust yourself,
you will never be able to trust me”
as he pulled shade after shade
out of his magic hat.
Eight o’clock, nine o’clock —
I, with nothing but time to give —
watching deft hands paint me
with deep copper delights
from a bygone dream of a sunrise
I’ve yet to see.
And I started thinking how it’s like love,
this infusion of rich color —
prismatic as a jewel —
how every bit of it
hinges upon trust of oneself
if we ever hope to see it shine
and the compassionate maintenance
to make it last.
Julia R. DeStefano is a Red Queen who wears many hats but one crown. A confessional poet, she captures moments and preserves them in the glistening amber of language. She also believes in the penning of Paradise into existence through powerful verse. Julia is a woman driven by love and healed by intimacy who uses imagery to paint vivid pictures of darkness and sensuality. Her first poetry collection, 'Leave Everything,' was published in 2016 and tells the story of the search for self-love and acceptance through a rollercoaster of emotional experiences. Julia believes that the most challenging things in life are those that ultimately end up being the most worth it; that to be loved well is to have won at life; and that the heart will never, ever lead the head astray. Look for Julia atop her throne of books.