Julie Stevens

See a Wish

Bring me the sail of your breath
carry it to me and 
put it in here.
I need the rumble of music
the first drop of rain
your morning words.

Bring me the edge of a wing
the back of a cloud
the top of a flake.
I need the sigh of a snail
the tremble of a fly
the drift of sand.

Bring me the sway of leaves
the pain of a splinter
the strength of a wave.
I need the call of an owl
the end of a tunnel
the jewel of water.

Bring me a silky tear
a lucky thought
a puff of smoke.
Bring me rays
bring me storms
bring me hush.

Carry them to me and 
put them in here,
I can make anything happen.

All Around

Here I rest wondering where to find 
the strength I need,
will it ever reach this broken soul?

The gift of waking knows where it moves
weaving into sleeping minds,
but how to hold?

The arm of wind makes the earth shudder
no fleeing leaf can halt its flight,
can I take that?

The sun delivers every morning 
painting with its fine hand,
could I reel that in?

These eyes know it lives all around
shouting its name with a jubilant cry.

To be Free

I don’t know how it happens
I wake and I’m here,
balancing on air, my invite to leave.

If I hold this, I’m free
shove hurt from inside,
leave it to fester alone.

Feeling the rush, I’m taken
a door marking the way,
to a world where no one suffers,

I’m soaring over trees
racing through towns
and I won’t ever stop.

I don’t know how it happens
but I’ll gladly go, be free
from the dark of day,

run with life as it carries me
always sail strong,
today will be kind.

Julie Stevens writes poems reflecting the impact MS has on her life, as well as other topics close to her heart. Her poems have recently been published in Dodging the Rain, The Honest Ulsterman, Nymphs, Impspired and The Lothlorien Poetry Journal. Her debut chapbook, Quicksand, was published by Dreich in September 2020. Website: www.jumpingjulespoetry.com, Twitter @julesjumping

Flights. Issue One, June 2021