Flight Pattern

child
He has peopled the world
outside his window with decoys
and delegates.
They go where he cannot,
they climb and scrabble and perch
where he can only watch.
The cage, you see, is more than just a symbolic prop.
He stares at you, the viewer, to invite you in,
to petition your want and interest,
and once your attention is caught,
he places it in the cage
with all the other collected lostlooks,
his way of securing your love
and validation without compromising
the distance necessary
to emulate flight.
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About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, spoken word performer, and playwright, John Biscello now lives in Taos, New Mexico. He is the author of two novels: Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale and Raking the Dust, and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. His fiction and poetry has appeared in: Art Times, nthposition, The Wanderlust Review, Ophelia Street, Caper, Polyphony, Dilate, Militant Roger, Chokecherries, Farmhouse, BENT, The 555 Collective, Instigator, Brass Sopaipilla, The Iconoclast, Adobe Walls, Kansas City Voices, and the Tishman Review. His blog--Notes of an Urban Stray--can be read at johnbiscello.blogspot.com. Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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