Through Closed Doors

KB Ballentine

Clouds stutter the blue.
Tipped in gold, an oak flirts with fall.
We circle, you and I —

too many times I’ve tripped
over the past, memories
I should have tossed.

And you —
you’ve waxed silence
into polished perfection.

Once, I knew you,
could translate nuances
slipping through your skin.

No more.
A shadow hovers
as we divide our lives —

the signed baseball, the blender —
love stumbling away.
I step through empty rooms,

watch a butterfly drift over fences,
wings trembling.


KB Ballentine‘s work has appeared in numerous journals and publications, including Alehouse, Tidal Basin Review, and Haight Ashbury Literary Journal. Her work also appears in River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the Twenty-first Century (2015). Her third collection, What Comes of Waiting, won the 2013 Blue Light Press Book Award.

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