I’m excited to be featuring the astounding and talented Kathryn Balteff. Residing in a state that I have a deep, personal love for (just ask Destiny), she was gracious enough to send in some of her beautiful work that I will be featuring throughout October and into November.
Kathryn is a poet, writer, and artist who currently moonlights as a used book, gift, and coffee shop owner, although over the years she’s also worked as an educator, sheep farmer, veterinary technician, and veterinary practice manager. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine and an MA in English from Oakland University.
While she is mostly known for her poetry, she also pens essays, fiction, and killer to-do lists. Drawing inspiration from the landscape, sea, and the cosmos, Kathryn often can be found wandering the rocky trails near her home along the coast of Downeast Maine with her husband and their collie dog, Lady Kate.
Today I chose her poem “Letting Go” as a breather for a lot of the serious business going on here lately. Read, enjoy, and support Kathryn by sharing it around!
I feel the winds
Deep in my gut they rise
Tickling up dust
Particles from items long forgotten
on the floor of my heart.
Maybe they were just tucked away
so I could pretend not to see them as they languished there . . .
is of no consequence.
The winds have come again.
I feel their swirling momentum
reaching up into my being
They spin me
I can’t know where they will take me.
I only know —
I will not hold fast to the binding post of the closest excuse
I will stretch open my arms to embrace the power the winds bring
I will raise my face to the sky triumphant
I will soar.