Preschool, a Love Story

Jilly, aged three, bared her teeth
& bit Jack, four, hard on the arm,
breaking skin &
drawing blood.
Stunned, Jack’s baby blues
ballooned & gaped at Jilly,
bright with malice & glee.
Why Jilly why, Jack cried,
nursing his wound.
Cuz that’s how much
I love you Jack, how much you
there is in me.
As Jilly picked Jack’s skin
from her teeth, Jack’s heart
turned into a pair of flying scissors
& cut Jilly’s hidden paper doll
into a puddle of tiny pieces.
Matching wounds,
with grace & fidelity,
the two lovemates
embarked on their honeymoon
years before they were married.

About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, performer, and playwright, John Biscello, has lived in the high-desert grunge-wonderland of Taos, New Mexico since 2001. He is the author of four novels, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, Nocturne Variations, and No Man’s Brooklyn; a collection of stories, Freeze Tag, two poetry collections, Arclight and Moonglow on Mercy Street; and a fable, The Jackdaw and the Doll, illustrated by Izumi Yokoyama. He also adapted classic fables, which were paired with the vintage illustrations of artist, Paul Bransom, for the collection: Once Upon a Time, Classic Fables Reimagined. His produced, full-length plays include: LOBSTERS ON ICE, ADAGIO FOR STRAYS, THE BEST MEDICINE, ZEITGEIST, U.S.A., and WEREWOLVES DON’T WALTZ.
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