In Praise of Oceans –
white crests leaping for heaven
only to surge on shores with rock, with shell
to spume again and then retreat.
The heave and swell, peak and trough of salt
licking skin, crusted dry under sun,
shedding onto towels striped and damp.
Praise be to seaweed somersaulting through coral,
threadfin spied and gripped by gulls
laughing across the draughts.
Praise to molecules of hydrogen and oxygen spinning
across grains of sand roving coast to coast
by rivers’ mouths, by marsh and mangrove,
from clouds blooming silver-gray over the horizon,
fog and mist smudging the sinking sun.
KB Ballentine’s sixth collection, The Light Tears Loose,
appeared this summer with Blue Light Press. Published in Crab Orchard
Review and Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, among others, her work also
appears in anthologies including Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of
Peace (2017) and In Plein Air (2017). Learn more at