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, 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 Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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