Remember the Stars –
how you ached when you left
the lavish cloak of space
became stardust then dew,
leaves and blossoms bright
with the last echoes of your light:
licked by rain and by rivers
through riffles and pools
Magnolias blushing, mimosas feathering
between sky and earth, the groan
of loss rasps past –
a tune half-remembered in the wind,
on the wing of a wren,
a note lingering in the glitter path –
calling, drawing you home
KB Ballentine’s fifth collection, Almost Everything,
Almost Nothing, was published in 2017 by Middle Creek Publishing.
Published in Crab Orchard Review and Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal,
among others, her work also appears in anthologies including In Plein
Air (2017) and Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace (2017).
Learn more at www.kbballentine.com.