Love, the ultimate flophouse,
the dogged prayer-bin,
where you swap
and hopes
and soiled dreams
pressed to the lungs of light,
where half-moon
fingernails clipped
and kept in urns
remind you that life
is a fleeting sideshow,
a strange affair
that you may be lucky enough
to share with a kindred flop-mate,
someone who understands
the veined beauty
of crumbling walls
and fated decay,
who knows
that the corpuscles of sun
radiating symmetry
through the cracks
in window-glass
serve not as answers
but as praise
 to two people
sharing a room
and daring love
in the face
of inevitable ruin.



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 three novels: Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, and Nocturne Variations, 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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