Running everywhere, wildly, excited
to fill his bucket with moonlight,
the young, eager disicple
turned to his mentor and said,
with a crushing sense of zealous overwhelm–
But it’s everywhere! So so much
yet none of it stays in the bucket.
What do I do?
The mentor smiled softly,
and calmly took the bucket from his disciple’s hands,
and used a saw to cut out the bucket’s bottom,
until there was a gaping hole.
He handed the bucket back to his disciple.
But now it won’t hold anything,
the disciple bemoaned.
Good, the mentor responded cheerily. You had a bucket
designed to carry stuff, to fill up. Yes?
How much moonlight did it hold?
Yes, the mentor nodded approvingly. Now hold it up and look through it.
And with that bit of advice, the mentor walked away, whistling a bright melody.
The disciple held the bucket up at an angle,
its aperture perfectly framing
the glittering ancient cinema
of stars
which rendered the disciple
the lover of ghostlight
that couldn’t be held,
only cherished.






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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