KB Ballentine

A Story Worth Telling

Nibs and quill scratch vellum deep with ink
like the point of a spear, a hawk gripping cliff tops.
Permanent loops and blots feather Amergin’s words,
seal them into scrolls unsung –
                 unwound seven times seven generations later.
Letters shaping into language ripple like ocean waves
spilling into dark and whispered rooms: Listen.

KB Ballentine’s sixth collection, The Light Tears Loose, was published last year by Blue Light Press. Published in Crab Orchard Review and Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, among others, her work also appears in anthologies including In Plein Air (2017and Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace (2017). Learn more at www.kbballentine.com.

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