Raiding the Dark


Hunger Moon hides behind the mountain —

golden haze haloing its silhouette.

We stumble to the car, grass stiff and brittle.

This afternoon will be 68, but right now

it’s 23 degrees and the wind knifes right through

our coats, the newspaper’s rage still rolled

in plastic.  There’s a black hole somewhere

sucking in the light — stars and planets,

space dust disappearing faster than synapses collapse.

But here dawn sings in a wren’s clear notes,

neighbor’s porch light beckoning, fiery and bright.


~ KB Ballentine


KB Ballentine’s fifth collection, Almost Everything, Almost Nothing, was published in 2017 by Middle Creek Publishing. Her work also appears in anthologies including In Plein Air (2017), Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace (2017), In God’s Hand (2017), among others. Learn more about KB Ballentine at

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