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The Center of Feeling

written by: Julia R. DeStefano



Head upon the pillow, I dream of a love.
Name it gentle, name it ravishing, name it mine -
a technicolor dream in the center of feeling,
the strumming of heartstrings with my heat.

May I touch you here, and there?

I don’t believe in mincing words.

Help my fingers find the chords
that will fill me with your love song.

Undresser of secrets, unveiler of desires -
I speak plainly, too plainly.
Let me shout it from the podium
as I tear at the last barricade of my heart.

Be the one who loves me.
I’ll be the one who loves you.

So what if your feet stay on the ground?
Your heart can still soar.

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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