I Blew Your Absence on My Trumpet

Author | Lana Bella

I blew your absence
on my trumpet lips like a pathos,
or a plunge chasing the hollow
hanging limp about my throat.

When I breathed out,
flocks of migrating timbres eddied
through the lead pipe,
and I thought, How brave are they
that they could be borne from
something so unstable
such as I? 

Then how my pinky finger,
browner than the mahogany sun,
facilitated the triggering
that wagged my mood into flames,
during which my other fingers
were doing their easy task
of holding on the trigger.


About the Author | Lana Bella A three-time Pushcart Prize & Bettering American Poetry 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 380 journals, 2River, Acentos Review, California Quarterly, Comstock Review, Expound, Grey Sparrow, Ilanot Review, Notre Dame Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, San Pedro River Review, Waccamaw, Word/For Word, among others, and work to appear 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.