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Nancer Ballard

Night Visitor


Bless the boy who pads down the hall

to his parents’ room while they sleep

and stands counting their breath.


Bless the boy who climbs into bed

in the sliver of space near his mother’s head

leaving only his foot dangling over the edge.


Bless misfortune’s boy, stalked by a raccoon

that climbs through the screen and a door

then creeps up stairs to bite the boy

who sleeps.  Bless the bleeding boy.




NANCER BALLARD is a poet, writer, practicing lawyer and Resident Scholar at Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center. She received her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Recent work has appeared in Here Comes Everyone (Silhouette Press) Memoryhouse, Thema Literary Journal The Far Edges of The Fourth Genre; An Anthology of Explorations in Creative Nonfiction and Affective Disorder and the Writing Life: The Melancholic Muse.


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