Two Poems by Julie Stevens

Always There

You gave me the sunset
neatly wrapped in a flaming cloth
with golden ribbons lacing its warmth
I can rest tonight knowing
tomorrow will rise with me

I hear your call through foggy windows and
know you hold my hand to gather strength
before your cinnamon brown wings sail on to
find another song, or two, or three
that you’ll nestle and cherish until our next meet

The air I breathe will wrap
my aching body in fresh life
full of hope that I’ll carry with me
As the day’s troubles gather
you never leave my side

I Know

My clothes are singing stories
of vibrant shops inhaling customers
whilst my hair projects a message
of restless sleep and scampering brushes
My face delivers today’s news
spoken and mapped in generous tones
But there’s a truth hiding inside me

My freshly washed car dazzles in the sun
dripping froth in tempting pools on the drive
My lawn, so neatly cut, stands to attention
marking a path, playful feet need to follow
A fiery picture has been painted in my sky
with a burning brush warming a blackened night
But there’s a truth hiding inside me

Something’s there that you cannot see
latching on to my thoughts wherever I am
Full of excitement, ready to burst
or a nervous tremble swirling
It fills me with dread during my worst days
or sings an exasperating song, repeat repeat
I’m the only one who knows


Julie Stevens lives in Cambridge, UK. She has had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for 30 years. She used to be a teacher and was a successful athlete. Her poems tend to reflect the impact MS has on her life. She publishes under the name Jumping Jules. Her website is

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