Near The End
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Near The End

(previously published in Anti-Heroin Chic)

 Lana Bella
 Lana Bella
Near The End
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A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Lana Bella is an author of two chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016) and Adagio ( more Line Press, forthcoming), has had poetry and fiction featured with over 300 journals, 2River, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Columbia Journal, Poetry Salzburg Review, San Pedro River Review, The Hamilton Stone Review, The Ilanot Review, The Homestead Review, The Writing Disorder, Third Wednesday, Tipton Poetry Journal, 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.
Near The End
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Near the end,

before the mind leaves

itself into a halfway

poem, you clip bonsai 

stems and dry them 

beside the French 

window. Listen, that is

all the universe 

have left for you in this 

ambulatory length 

of guts, even refuse rises 

above rust, and 

sunlight fails to polish 

your reflection in 

the glass. So you'll need

to breathe out two 

strong slips of air, for at

last you could feel

the blues 

becoming your own,

crawling then thrusting 

with the serpentine 

grooves of an adder, 

when heavens slumps

you down on 

the rocking chair,

as sleep should arrive 

then almost nostalgically.



  14 months ago
grooves of an adder
......nicely done

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