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).
Learn more at www.kbballentine.com.