somewhere between the stiff
tonic on the rock and crinoline
mist blanking the frozen lake,
you walked the backwater with
wild December strobes traced
like fish ribs against the dark.
Clay ground hummed through
sky’s chalice’s ice, pent in slits
where creeping vines pressed
themselves with your soles into
the bones of every small thing
scattered in panic. So you roved
tight in the tripwires of senses,
dragging corners and joints like
amulets; each caress whispered
from stillness needling to fetes
of filaments, cossetted with light.
A three-time Pushcart Prize 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), has had poetry and fiction featured with over 370 journals, 2River, The Acentos Review, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Columbia Journal, Grey Sparrow, Notre Dame Review, Otoliths, Poetry Salzburg Review, San Pedro River Review, The Ilanot Review, and Westwind, among others. She resides in the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps.