I Listen

Dawn. The sea breeze,
salt-fringed, rolls in through
the opened glass doors,
its damp fingers sifting
and touching upon
the cravings,
rent and folds
of our shared bare skin,
It’s like home, you say,
and this makes me dig my nails
in deeper,
like a feral cat, just learning
how to regulate and express its affection
through its claws,
Like a poem, is what you say next,
and I lay my head on your chest
and stay there
no longer the boy I was
the one who used to be terrified
of hearts,
ones belonging to others,
my own,
something about the beating
freaked me out, i.e.,
when I’d place my hand
over my own heart
I couldn’t bear it
it felt too powerful
too real
too something
and I’d quickly withdraw
to spare myself both the effect
and its cause.
I am not that boy anymore.
I let my head stay on your chest,
your breathing a lullaby-raft
upon which I feel safe and secure,
held, and soothed to no end,
I allow my ear to openly receive
the music of your heart, its rabbit-beatings,
I listen, when you tell me
this is all there is,
I listen, when you giggle
at my off-color remarks
involving salt, dust, bones,
honey, and you,
I listen,
when you laugh
at my riff on junkie clowns
staring down nostalgic maraschino sunsets,
and when I ask you
to tell me something good,
something sweet,
and you speak my name, three times, softly,
I listen,
then watch
as you begin to cry,
from open wounds,





About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, performer, and playwright, John Biscello, has lived in the high-desert grunge-wonderland of Taos, New Mexico since 2001. He is the author of four novels, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, Nocturne Variations, and No Man’s Brooklyn; a collection of stories, Freeze Tag, two poetry collections, Arclight and Moonglow on Mercy Street; and a fable, The Jackdaw and the Doll, illustrated by Izumi Yokoyama. He also adapted classic fables, which were paired with the vintage illustrations of artist, Paul Bransom, for the collection: Once Upon a Time, Classic Fables Reimagined. His produced, full-length plays include: LOBSTERS ON ICE, ADAGIO FOR STRAYS, THE BEST MEDICINE, ZEITGEIST, U.S.A., and WEREWOLVES DON’T WALTZ.
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7 Responses to I Listen

  1. amberangst says:

    Heart-wrenching and stunning. Thank you for sharing your talents.


  2. Beautiful again. Love suits you


  3. Your poetry is stunningly beautiful!


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