Two Poems by Lana Bella


There remained in her something
concealed, elusive, cumuli floated up
the throat, erstwhile flight of nectar
moved stillness to torment rise. Rose
leaves turned like reds of fairy-dust,
whistling arboreal across the stolen
spring, where her unsparing blood
traversed saturnine, flowing, passing,
gently wheezed under the ennobled
weight of sternum shadows. Flickers
of amusement nursed her mouth,
filtering the laments that hungered,
emerald to what smoothness pressed
through fingers escaped, emerged
as pleats in the light of an aquarium.



The whirling cores thunder
inward, through the proverbial
fog of winter, moving like
arguments strut on tall heels.
Past fence and crocheted white
of my flat shadow stretched,
I turn guileless and devouring,
dripping frenzy onto skirt pleats,
whereby the very tips of spring
rise breathless in their seat,
threadbare cells pulling taut
beached with ice. This is how
the ache in me tears faster
in the impossible pale, where
each swath of rapture and fear
holds a fingertip shook into
being behind my breast bones,
bumping blind like an army
of infants in the deep sea dark.


Lana Bella is the fourth Featured Woman Writer this October. A three-time Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net & Bettering American Poetry nominee, she 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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