A Single Touch & You Would Know Me With Your Skin by Lana Bella

A single touch, and you would know
me with your skin. Moving half
a step back, awareness slid across
you like a river, a floating crown of
black rope to wound. Starlings tune
turned inside my head, so sweetly
inching downward around the throat’s
undersides, kicked up bourbon
from my tumbler quarter full, cruel
to my tongue that had tasted you
a thousand perfect times. Skin alive,
my love you invented smitten,
where I spiced with the telling blood
of you, fixed to be the fjords of
viola on your fingers, wrung and
felled to where we started through air.

Lana Bella Black & White
A four-time Pushcart Prize, five-time Best of the Net, & 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 430 journals, Acentos Review, Comstock Review, EVENT, Ilanot Review, Notre Dame Review, Rock & Sling & The Lampeter Review, 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. https://www.facebook.com/Lana-Bella-789916711141831/

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