Recording Live

To abide,
the recording angel
on my shoulder,
to dream, trebled,
with eyes
and ears open,
glass pressed
against the thin, plasmic
veil separating one world
from the next,
a straddler
and eavesdropper,
since Childhood,
on behalf of a life
that does not advertise
or wear itself out
so easily,
requiring a tease,
like the snake
charmed from its straw basket
through music’s make,
or the tongue
flirting with air
to gauge the climate,
to placehold
the arabesques
and delicate savor
of an endlessly
moveable feast,
to our own
called stars,
are born
with stories encrypted
in our hearts,
each telling
a listening,
and recollection,
echoes recorded live
on a loop,
just one long
blues song
forever at the mercy
of Eternity’s remix.

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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