Of Caves and Dreams

these dreams run,
then cold,
I, in turn,
shift to watch the shadows,
balletic ink
dancing and lengthening
on prehistoric cave walls,
and decide that Plato was wrong–
We do not mistake
shadows for reality,
but rather, ourselves,
for set projections,
losing true sight
of the multi-storied dreamlife
that escapes us

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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6 Responses to Of Caves and Dreams

  1. This is some seriously impressive writing.


  2. Nitin says:

    Plato was wrong. Even if you intended this to be a post about self-indulgence and decided to create an analogy of sorts, the allegory of the cave is a myth. The only philosopher who got it right was Kierkegaard. Man isn’t free and can never be free. Well written though.

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    • Thanks. I actually love Plato’s theory of the cave, and find a lot mythical richness in it, and what it implies. As for absolutes about which philosophers got it “right,” and about ultimate freedom that may or may not be available to we, humans, I have no set or fixed opinion. Just here spelunking and exploring. Thanks for reading.

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      • Nitin says:

        Well I wasn’t saying Kierkegaard’s perfect or talking in terms of absolutes when it came to philosophers. Since man is finite, there is no perfection in anything he says. I only meant that existentialism or let’s go further and say that the Calvinistic doctrine of Total depravity has credibility. We make complex moral decisions at 3 like Chomsky puts it and like he also does, it only means morality is innate, which in turn means that you’re not free to do as you please, which is the whole foundation of Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky. Also despair is a part of the human condition. And nobody can deny that at least some despair is self-induced which brings us to sin. So transcendence and then coming back to the cave is only rich in its mythical significance. For me at least. So that’s brings us to the ultimate question: God who is best not discussed! I hope my comment didn’t offend you. I just wanted to facilitate discussion. And thank you.


      • No, my friend, not offended, and to be perfectly honest with you, I have not read any Kierkegaard, nor Chomsky, and probably plenty of the other philsoophical heavies, so you’ve got me there 🙂 But I dig the track-work of your brain, its associative leaps, so dropping lines on my dime, totally cool. Flow on, brother.

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  3. Another brilliant philosophical musing embedded into your beautiful framework of poetic tune.


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