The girl sits cold in her neat, trim stare,
as if she is a heron out over the lake.
This inertia of pins and ribbons hangs
from birth, hand brings fingers to lips
at the end of air, by way of gentling
a stagnant frame back to itself, a card-
board window to the world, welter of
a still body. But now her heart races
a thousand little splinterings ripest on
panic, and she thinks of dying, of last
vital signs loving her best if there’s no
starting over. On this side of midnight,
she pours down on the slab of travertine,
eyes of Atlantic blue cast to the face of
a dispersing girl, and how she gives her
her hand farther and further into dark,
surrendering at last the incandescence to
that flood.


LANA BELLA is a four-time Pushcart Prize, five-time Best of the Net, and a Bettering American Poetry nominee. She is the 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 had poetry and fiction featured in over 500 journals, including: Acentos Review, Barzakh, EVENT, The Fortnightly Review, Ilanot Review, New Reader, Notre Dame Review, Rock & Sling, The Stillwater Review, Sundress Publications, & Whiskey Island, among others, and 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.