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Swing, Pendulum

written by: Julia R. DeStefano



I am that girl -
that writer, that spy
peering underneath the covers
to catch a glimpse of her naked soul.
She has the shakes tonight.
Goosebumps filling sun-drenched skin
as she calls on a vision to melt the ice.
Ignite the flame.
But the pendulum has frozen solid
to encapsulate her in silence—
that raging animal on her trail —
where laughter once reigned
and blood ran hot
amid the gold light of her Queendom.
Please do not envy her heart
with its little secrets
and the icicles that reform
with silence’s thrusts.
Connection’s bond can thaw it,
not the strain of hot-and-cold
or the reoccurring bone-chill of ice.
Build her not a country,
but offer her shelter.
Feel her in her state
by keeping your light on.

Julia R. DeStefano

Julia R. DeStefano

Julia R. DeStefano hails from Boston, Massachusetts. A diarist her entire life, it was a string of failed relationships and consecutively lost joys that would result in her creation of therapeutic free verse. Unable to vocalize her truth to those around her - Julia would bring her innermost thoughts and desires to light the only way she knew how: through the written word. 'Leave Everything,' her first poetry and photography collection, was published in August 2016 and reached #11 in Poetry by Women at Amazon. Full of wit, revelation, and vulnerability, Julia’s writing teeters on the razor’s edge of reason and passion. It unapologetically challenges perceptions. At present, Julia is writing the follow-up to 'Leave Everything' - forever capturing moments and preserving them in the glistening amber of language. Look for this Red Queen atop her throne of books.
Julia R. DeStefano

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