Lana Bella




Sometimes, after the dust

settles, after the lane warms

you in deepness of soil, I'll

dress your chestnut hair

with poor sails of weathered

plumes, clad in unpinned

Canterbury bells. Daughter,

what shall stitch wings to

caterpillars, drink a flower's

thirst like a beggar holding

forth an empty cup? So, hush

little darling, we shall plant

water, sift stones with the

patience of still river, spade

easy where goblin worms sally

through, until the quiet swell

of fireflies flicker red into your

infant hands of need, weighing,

hazed with stars I urge you name.





Right hand opened, left hand closed,

you were the escapist traveling from

one footnote to the other, like a face

forever unseen but marveled against

an embroidered coat of sheep leather.

Each breath a poem composed, skied

into luminous pieces with the timing

of tongue’s thrust down on dew-pink

hyphens, protesting the wary pauses

between verses. And all this to merely

lay me down inside the aged, vintage

balance of scent and soil, knowing the

bones of my fingers will wander along

the sacred edges of vellum, hatching of

air and impressions as if counting fools.


A three-time Pushcart Prize & 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), has had poetry and fiction featured with over 400 journals, Acentos Review, Comstock Review, Expound, Ilanot Review, Notre Dame Review, Waccamaw, Word/For Word, among others, and work 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. 

"Footnotes" and "Planting Water" were previously published in the online journals BlazeVOX and Whale Road Review, respectively.