The cost of love is the sea kissing
the shore, a little bit left, a little more
taken away. Here and gone, whispers
of foam and spray.
Each morning, windows open to the ocean,
I gaze at a horizon that merges water and sky
into one thin stitch — indistinct, indefinable.
In the evening the surf confesses
in ebb and flow its take-all-or-leave-it promises.
I am ensnared by this murmur, this roar,
this peak and trough. This restlessness.
This constancy. This ever-present pulsing
Ballentine’s fifth collection, Almost Everything, Almost Nothing, was published in 2017 by Middle Creek Publishing. Two collections, The Perfume of Leaving and What Comes of Waiting, won the 2016 and 2013 Blue Light Press Book Awards. Learn more about KB Ballentine at www.kbballentine.com.