All the Way Through by KB Ballentine

Queen Anne’s Lace crochets the woods
while you unlearn love 
knots and whipstitches,  
hands harboring an ache
that doesn’t disappear
no matter how warm. 

This morning’s breeze chased clouds
until the sun hovered overhead, a fist
hammering heat across the yard.
An ice-fire creeps up your spine, thrill 
of a lover’s touch
replaced by dread – 
a struggle to let the air caress 
as it scoops the space 
your breasts used to fill.

The bright wine-patch of the hummingbird
bewitches you: fire and fermentation – 
two things pumping now through your veins. 
Heart the hero and the villain:
your body the victim.

KB Ballentines sixth collection is The Light Tears Loose (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 (2017) and Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace (2017).

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