The Lion, The Mouse, and Me

There is this
small piece of glass
an unstable irritant
at the back of my heart
way way back
a shard
that got lodged there
god knows when
and lately
in considering and
reflecting upon this bit
of glass and the impact
it has had
on my heart in general
I’ve thought about the mouse
who helped the lion
by removing a thorn
from the lion’s paw
an act of kindness
perpetrated by the mighty meek
and though I’m not exactly sure
where the mouse fits in
if at all
in relation to the shard-burn
at the back of my heart
I do have this feeling
that for years and years
I have been trying
to tweeze a pinch of glass
using lion’s claws
tearing and shredding
and doing more harm than good
when really what I need is
a mouse
with right-sized teeth
and a love
of unfinished fables
with no easy morals.





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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5 Responses to The Lion, The Mouse, and Me

  1. You’re going to have to write things for me to feel for the rest of my life. In case you didn’t know


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