Two Poems by Lana Bella

Prussian Green Rose

Prussian green rose touched
with light out of wild horses and
smoky water; her eyes rustled
gold like Turkish cigarette felled
on metallic lips strut, trembling
in the throat of that prismatic

there lay pale flecks of dust set
on necklace of raindrops, and you
reached out, salt-licked the taste
of her fragrant surprise, until
the quietest steam rose from her
chest, melted down the pearled
lattice of silk—

somewhere else, sun-smitten
cormorants threaded the slender
hearts of lakes with hale breast-
strokes, swept the broad-lush
carapace, formless wings emerged
from below the weight of plasma-
streaked sand—

and for an instant, she turned to
the fruits of your wide earth, came
home to your cradled hold, curves of
moss against her clove-dark skin,
dreaming to spring-thawed demons
in your precise weight, eager with
the polish and pull of your telling
blood reduced to a taste of ash
through the air.


I Fell In Love, Some Would Say Too Late

A resting knock. Not a stern fall.
But I drew struggle out of winter,
caught by the cambric cloth like
cascade of dead bolts gone rust.
Would you still pale like snow in
the garden now, swaying quietly
to yourself as I turn the wooden
knob in my widow’s lonely grip?

The shadow of requiems erupted
with jabs and cheap green drinks,
breached and breaching my eyes
the dun of weak tea across balm
of peace lilies, waking myself from
lurching forward, for little would
support me from the armchairs of

Now I held my heart so hungered
like you are alive, whittling in this
hollow that I had nursed away at
love, where I will wake you lovely,
as the sweeter sort of tallow light
nestling in my skull, hurrying for
someone I briefly was, with a flight
map I have carried for ever so long.



A three-time Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net & Bettering American Poetry nominee, Lana Bella is an author of three chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016), Adagio (Finishing Line Press, 2016), and Dear Suki: Letters (Platypus 2412 Mini Chapbook Series, 2016). She has poetry and fiction featured with over 400 journals, including Acentos Review, Comstock Review, Expound, Ilanot Review, Notre Dame Review, Rogue Agent, and Word/For Word. Her work is set to appear in Aeolian Harp Anthology, Volume 3. Lana resides in the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps.



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