Ocean Song

If you cut out my tongue
I will grow a new one
I have done it a dozen times
if you deign to curse and steal my eyes
go right ahead
innervision has a long history
of citing the sublime as compass
and courage,
my limbs
my teeth
my skin
sorry my friend
but shedding is the byproduct
of heaven’s lighted purge,
if you wish to dismantle my bones
piece by piece
and grind them into dust
I will be forced to improvise
and pick the locks
of the ancestral vault
and reform myself
through the bones
of the dead
you couldn’t claim
as losses
in your fattened ledger
of hollow victories
(see: History
written by
if you want to take me
and my name
by force
understand that I am
but one among many
who course
and flow
without reserve
from river to river
in paying respects
and song
to an ocean
that will swallow you
and not even burp


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 Ocean Song

  1. but shedding is the byproduct of heaven’s lighted purge, perfect. But the end is the best 🙂


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