December Meditation – a poem by KB Ballantine

December Meditation

When winter stalks into view

let the fringe of day stir,
finches and bluebirds mimicking the sun

let buds shaped like nails
pierce magnolias waxy leaves, blossom

let the lazy buzz of a wasp
remind you that summer soon greens

let dawn’s chill and later flame
fill you with tomorrow’s promise


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).
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