Truths Vs. Lies- Lana Bella

I pore over him. Sloshing up our history and
diving through the polished lies. The fear is,
his large empire and my pursuit for it might
just leave me stark and cold. But how many
truths will have to dissolve like footprints in
a downpour, and fall through the many cracks
of his ingress before I am left to flounder in
time-dependent details, where the flecked
melodies sound familiar, and scalloped molds
make home upon my skin. Then again, the
other kind, the ones which I imagine that lay
beneath the crisp, sharp blades of truth, as
the ground just freezes over–there below the
molten white, wisps of wingless wasp tremble
inside the half-light and half-dark, and breaths
sway in contemplation. How easy it is to devour
up the lie vaulting across the air, betraying its
body from fear of being caught, still, I seek short
comfort it provides, growing desperate all the
while to ease myself the burden of sinking stone.


Lana Bella has a diverse work of poetry and fiction anthologized, published and forthcoming with over one hundred journals, including a chapbook with Crisis Chronicles Press (Spring 2016), Aurorean Poetry, Chiron Review, QLRS (Singapore), Poetry Salzburg Review, elsewhere, and Featured Artist with Quail Bell Magazine, among others. She divides her time between the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a wife of a novelist, and a mom of two frolicsome imps.


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