The Malignant Swish of Dreamscape

          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). Her poetry and fiction have appeared in 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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