Of Ghosts and Negatives
Somewhere beyond the ice, a shadow casts a line with a flick of its wrist by sending the veins back, smearing of light breathes into sea. And somewhere in there, I am stunned of ghosts and negatives, holding tendrils pressed to cold, fingers go heavy like braided wheat twirling the water birds. There, I become a woman waiting on the shore, emptying all the ways that are kind and absent, backing away from sea anklebone slow. The wheeze of living near enough to air to let nothing through, each breath burs in the hollow of my chest, and this is how I know I had already died at least twice.
Lana Bella is a four-time Pushcart Prize, five-time 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), has had poetry and fiction featured with over 450 journals, Acentos Review, Comstock Review, EVENT, Ilanot Review, Notre Dame Review, Rock and Sling, Lampeter Review, & The Stillwater Review, among others, and work appeared 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.