by Lana Bella
art by W. Jack Savage
Dear Suki: North Carolina, May 3rd,
slippery motes of a memory effaced
your monarch flight into my waking
hours, where I remembered us ever
and always like this, insomniac with
you fluting over me, auspicious and
green. At some point, tiers of sunlight
sewed up the champagne sky, surren-
dering to a rockfest of unapologetic
swallows. Even as the world grew side-
ways while we grew life with curtains
on window panes and porcelain tiles
over bathroom floor, I arched toward
you for refuge, hand stripped malachite
off the mountains, slopes from rising
grounds, and lakes that freeze at winter.
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 290 journals, 2River, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Columbia Journal, Poetry Salzburg Review, San Pedro River Review, The Hamilton Stone Review, The Ilanot 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.
W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com). To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over four-hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.
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