Christianne Balk

Christianne Balk Poems

1. Birds, Converging 3/19/2012
2. Shorthorns 1/1/2004
3. The Kitchen Shears Speak 1/13/2003
4. Lauds For St. Germaine Cousin (1579-1601) 1/1/2004
5. Departure 1/1/2004
Best Poem of Christianne Balk


Thousands of tiny
fists tamping the surface of the lake
flowing like a wide
river gone crazy, southeast, westnorth
letting the wind push
it around in its bed and the boat
hull hugging the shore.
What else can she do? Even the trees
agree, shaking
their crowns, throwing down their leaves as if
she were their only
child. Caught cold-footed in Magnuson
grass, trying to cut
free of the creosote-soaked pilings sunk
deep in the shallow
mud holding the water, holding her
wake for a moment,
furrow folding back over into

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