The Malignant Swish of Dreamcape

     You will give her the acclimation
     of your raspy crescendos,
     the malignant swish of dreamscape
     in the pleats of coppered light.
     As if the sirocco sinks to the lapis
     lazuli of her curious ocean-eyes,
     you will hold so still beneath
     the frescoes bodied in dandelions,
     where wisps of low purr
     taking on a menacing melody
     like the drone of a thousand bees.


A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Lana Bella is the author of two chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016), and Adagio (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming), has had poetry and fiction featured with over 300 journals, including 2River, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Columbia Journal, Poetry Salzburg Review, San Pedro River Review, Yes Poetry, and elsewhere, 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.
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