Weeds by Lana Bella

Wind calms as the sky’s eyes
ferries my departure in velvet
and damp clouds, when echoes
of peppering rain tear the rille
of my barb-wired stems.

Picture me: proud, frantic girl
perching where the metronome
ticks, eyes misfire neural path-
ways, fingers outgrow daffodils
osmosing my monolith of light.

Into the wet I stroke my green
triceps bending to the point of
stress, while my skin tethers
up nodes and collars, leaning
as it does, like propeller taking
down a piece of sky.


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 300 journals, 2River, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Columbia Journal, Otoliths, Poetry Salzburg Review, San Pedro River Review, The Ilanot Review, The Writing Disorder, Third Wednesday, Tipton Poetry Journal, among others.

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.