Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.

Dear Suki: #76

by Lana Bella

Dear Suki: Iceland, January 31st,
you were gone for years. Waiting
bit citrus lingered on my tongue,
moxie of water and wine, some-
times a lake. Sparse moons held
thicker down winter gnomes, red
shadows ghosted into the spring
ends of my gabardine in scapular
divots. Frost running, all vestiges
of what the body remembered fled
loquacious and loose, vibrated in
the dishes piled-up crusting with
necrotic rot, the way at times you
had tasted of poison holding your
aches in my mouth. With you in
abeyance so like whispers opaque
from laryngitis, long seasons grew
heavy around our house, trimmers
and snow blowers coughed to life 
in shackled narratives, felling sharp-
ness of my hunched necropant in 
linger, terribly, with patience, still. 

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 470 journals, Acentos Review, Comstock Review, EVENT, Ilanot Review, Notre Dame Review, Rock & Sling, The Stillwater Review, Sundress Publications, & Whiskey Island, among others, and 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.