Between Sky and Sea
Clouds hang heavy above the swollen river.
Cragged granite juts over tumbling water –
briny tongue gulping silt, swirling rock.
Terns and cormorants shriek as rain whispers past.
Foam fizzes, seasons the shore
to mingle in pools of jade and teal.
Squeals from curlews, oystercatchers,
sand dense, speckled with kelp and broken coral,
shells sea-washed and shiny through the mizzle.
Trust this day, this hour –
memorize this moment, a softness unexpected,
when the world was not about you.
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