Autumn Alleluia

the spine of your umbrella
trickled sodden yellow dew
on the blind white of your
skin, harassing the lengths
between blue-rimmed veins
and pulsating fingertips–


leaning into the taut spirals
of an early dusk harvesting
your warmth, you prepared
for a nearing winter, mouth
shored up chorus of autumn
alleluia which impaled your

heart like a sword–

A Pushcart nominee, LANA BELLA is an author of two chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016) and Adagio (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming), has had poetry and fiction featured with over 250 journals, like California Quarterly, Chiron ReviewColumbia Journal, Poetry Salzburg Review, Plainsongs, San Pedro River Review, The Writing Disorder, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere. 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. You can visit her Facebook here.