Oxygen for a Sort of Love Song

as a true bloom
and pulsing grist,
and not just mutiny,
opiate in its seize
and grip,
should, at day’s end,
allow you to breathe
lungs rooming with heart,
carved out of ceaseless flow,
respiring toward growth,
contrary to the shopworn opinion
and impossible mania
of love, the pipe fiend
and drug fix,
love, the eyeless valentine, doped,
which trades in
or constricts
the slowest
seasons of breathing
for the smallest hours
of concert
and trepass.


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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2 Responses to Oxygen for a Sort of Love Song

  1. Johnny says:

    Ah, absolutely delightful.
    It’s been long since I’ve read a push-pull composition, they are very rare nowadays. In fact, all original zero-stanza forms are rare to come by. You’ve done an awesome job.
    The content of the poem, although beyond my scope, feels like an energiser with a drop of rage. Almost revolt, even.
    Thank you for displaying this to us.


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