Fireflies, frogs sing in summer heat —
last gasp before blackgum and oaks groan
in October mist. Figs wither
and fall, twilight’s shroud dusted with pine.
Veining the sky in silver, lightning
slips south. A sudden silence disturbs
evening’s chorus, hints of jasmine
drifting, dazzling the night.
Clouds shield the stars, muting
the voice of the moon. She pauses,
halo wavering, pulsing. Pursues
kisses among fading starshine.
KB Ballentine has a M.A. in Writing and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Poetry. Her latest collection, The Perfume of Leaving, has just been awarded the 2016 Blue Light Press Book Award and will be published this summer.