Beginner’s Heart

I have spent
so many years
detailing
and outlining
and mapping out fractures,
a pirate osteopath
with a cartographer’s bent,
and now, galvanizing
a mutiny meant to take me
out into uncharted waters,
I see, beyond my terror
of the deep,
how beautiful
and necessary it is
to sire oneself,
to become king to your own sovereign majesty,
queen to your own indigenous wilds,
child to your own supple wonderscape,
how the Soul,
captaining its own plight
and gambit,
forces you to confront
the countless break-ups,
freeze-outs,
and unrequited love affairs
you’ve had with your self,
multitudes untethered
and adrift in gloam,
but now, your Soul says,
is an opportunity for nuptials
of ancient-newness, a crystallization
that will show you how the future
was never anything more
than a latent ember
awaiting the divinest spark.
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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 two novels: Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale and Raking the Dust, 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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