I Will Live Near You But Not In Love

Author | Lana Bella 

I will live near you
but not in love.
Reaching it low and
around, I proved
my head empty yet
body consumed,
fused breaths can
mean so many things
if not pressing us
against walls, fitting
your curves into
my palms, drawing
sighs from gold hairpins
like pinching prayers
off an epicure's throat.


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.